Youcan'takeme Can't Be Beaten at Emerald Downs

(from track report)
Youcan'ttakeme may have very well wrapped up horse of the meeting honors Saturday at Emerald Downs by winning the $100,000 Washington Breeders' Cup Oaks.

With a victory in the 1 1/8-mile Oaks, Youcan'ttake became the first 3-year-old filly to sweep the Oaks series at Emerald Downs – going a perfect four-for-four this year.

In addition to winning the Oaks, the Grant Forster-trained Youcan'ttakeme also won the Kent Handicap, Son of Briartic Stakes and Federal Way Handicap.

Ridden by Gary Baze, Youcan'ttakeme defeated Calldara by 3 ¼ lengths to win the Oaks in gate-to-wire fashion. She covered the distance in 1:48 2/5.

"She does all the talking on the racetrack," said Baze, who won four races on Saturday. "Everyone tries to chase her, but she runs them into the ground. It didn't seem like the distance would be a problem going into the race, she was getting plenty of air."

The 3 ¼-length victory was actually Youcan'ttakeme's closest win this season. She won her four races by a combined 23 ¾ lengths.

"I had some concern with the speed, but Gary said he couldn't pull her up," Forster said. "I expected a softer pace. She was doing it relaxed. That's her cruising speed."

Youcan'ttakeme, a Washington-bred daughter of He's Tops, picked up her seventh career victory from 11 starts. She collected $55,000 with the victory to increase her lifetime earnings to $192,669.

Youcan'takeme returned $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Calldara, under Juan Gutierrez, paid $12.40 and $2.10, while Brave Miss returned $2.10 for the show.

It was the sixth career Oaks victory for Baze, the most for any jockey. Baze also won the 3-year-old championship in 1980 on Lady Marion, in 1991 on Cadette Stevens, in 1994 on Happy La, in 2000 on Crossatyourownrisk and in 2001 on Graceful Cat.

It also marked the third Oaks win for the Forster family as Grant Forster's father, Dave, won the Oaks in 1997 with Capilano and in 2000 with Crossatyourownrisk.

(Chart, Equibase)