it might cost us a championship," trainer Bobby Frankel said. "A horse like Xtra Heat never went out of her limit, so if she can win the championship, why can't You? Nobody would have held it against Xtra Heat if she got beat going a mile.You enters the Ruffian off a loss in the 1 1/4 miles Alabama over a wet track. While it was not her top effort, the daughter of You and I tried hard to the finish."The Alabama was a little longer, but she stayed on," Frankel said.
"(Jockey) Edgar Prado said that she didn't really handle the track all that well. A mile and a sixteenth is definitely in her range."
Should You run well in the Ruffian, she may come back in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Arlington Park on Oct. 26, giving her another crack at a 1 1/8 miles.Edward Evans' Raging Fever returns to her favorite racetrack for the Ruffian. At Belmont, the daughter of Storm Cat-Pennant Fever, by Seattle Slew is 5-1-0 from six starts.Although most of her races have been at shorter distances, 1 1/16 miles should not pose a problem for Raging Fever. She also won the Frizette as a two-year-old and scored in the grade 1 Ogden Phipps prior to her Ballerina defeat, both races at the Ruffian distance.The field, in post position order:Raging Fever, John Velazquez, 120
Shine Again, Jean-Luc Samyn, 117
You, Jerry Bailey, 117
Mandy's Gold, Jose Santos, 116
Minister's Baby, Edgar Prado, 116