You, the winner of the Frizette Stakes (gr. I) on Oct. 6, is by a sire who was very precocious as a 2-year-old, stretched his speed to nine furlongs as a 4-year-old, then ended his career later that year with a disappointing run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
The probable favorite for this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) has already won at the race's distance, since the Frizette is contested at the same 1 1/16 miles. She also won going five furlongs in June, suggesting she is precocious and quick. The big question may be about the class of You, who began her career running in a $50,000 maiden claiming race.
Bred in Kentucky by Dolphus C. Morrison, You debuted for her breeder and was conditioned by Hal Wiggins when she won the five-furlong maiden claiming race at Churchill Downs on June 1 by 4 1/2 lengths. She came back 19 days later and finished second to the ultra-fast Cashiers Dream in an allowance race at Churchill Downs and drew the attention of trainer Robert Frankel, who then purchased the filly on behalf of longtime California client Edmund Gann. The price was not disclosed. As a yearling You was entered in the Keeneland September sale but was bought back by her consignor when bidding stalled at $9,000.
You next defeated Cashier's Dream by a neck in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) over 6 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga, then romped over that same rival in the Frizette. Frankel has said he thinks he has a filly classy enough to follow in the footsteps of Flute, the leader of the 3-year-old filly division who won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) earlier this year.
You is by You and I, a son of the Roberto stallion Kris S., who sired Breeders' Cup winners Brocco (Juvenile), Hollywood Wildcat (Distaff), Prized (Turf), and Soaring Softly (Filly and Mare Turf). You and I stands at Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky. His third crop of foals are two years old and he is the ninth-leading third-crop sire (through Oct. 7).
You and I won his first two starts as a 2-year-old in New York in 1993 while racing for Triumviri Stable and trained by Stanley Hough. Among the two victories was the Cowdin Stakes (gr. II) over a sloppy racetrack at Aqueduct.
At three, You and I won an allowance race and finished third behind Holy Bull and Patton in the seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. Frankel, on behalf of Gann, bought the colt privately, and sent him to Fair Grounds for the Louisiana Derby (gr. III), his first race around two turns. You and I finished a dull seventh.
Frankel regrouped, sending You and I to California, where he finished fourth in the San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita in April. Two months later, the colt won the Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont, beating End Sweep in the seven-furlong event on the Belmont Stakes undercard. The colt had two more starts that year, both on turf, in an experiment that had to be labeled a failure. After a fourth in the La Jolla Mile Handicap (gr. IIIT) and a 10th in the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT), You and I returned to the dirt for good.
As a 4-year-old, You and I finished third in the Carter Handicap (gr. I) after setting the pace. He then won the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at a mile, beating Lite the Fuse and Our Emblem, the 1-2 finishers in the Carter. You and I then won the nine-furlong Brooklyn Handicap over Ken Contender. Sent west, he finished fifth behind Soul of the Matter in the Bel Air Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park in July.
You and I made his final two starts at Belmont. He finished second, beaten a nose by Not Surprising in the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. II) at seven furlongs after battling on the lead throughout. He then was no factor in the Sprint, going extremely wide into the stretch and winding up 10th.
You and I was produced from the Peruvian mare La Chaposa, who won 13-of-18 starts in her native land. She produced one other top-class runner in the Baldski filly Chaposa Springs, who won the Test Stakes (gr. I) and Ballerina Handicap (gr. I), both at seven furlongs at Saratoga. Chaposa Springs won 14-of23 career starts.
From his first three crops to race, You and I has sired 10 stakes winners. You is his only North American graded stakes winner, although he has a group winner in Puerto Rico and another in Turkey.
You is the first foal out of Our Dani, a daughter of Homebuilder bred in Washington. She won two of 20 starts and has no black type in her pedigree. Our Dani's dam, Lovely Briar, was bred in Canada by E.P. Taylor and earned stakes-placed black type at Fort Erie. She produced nine starters though no stakes winners.
There isn't a lot of quality in the female family of You, and she is the best runner from three crops of her sire, You and I. It would be difficult to project improvement from this filly as she matures, but she may not need to improve a step to win the Juvenile Fillies.