09/18/2007 11:00PM

Baresich believes in Yousaidido

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario – Yousaidido is unlikely to attract much support Saturday when she makes her stakes debut in the the $125,000 La Lorgnette, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies. But trainer Stanley Baresich, who also is a part-owner, is a believer.

"She's been training exceptionally well," said Baresich. "I think she definitely deserves to be in this race.

"I strongly believe she'll be a contender."

Yousaidido, a Kentucky-bred, was claimed for $50,000 here last Sept. 30 from her second start. Baresich had an entrant in that race who happened to be in the stall next to Yousaidido in the paddock, and he was taken by her appearance.

"I keep a claim slip in my pocket," said Baresich, who also had watched Yousaidido finished an encouraging second when she debuted in a "B" maiden race. "I went and dropped it in."

Yousaidido finished a well-beaten fourth in a seven-furlong maiden race in her first start for Baresich, but then graduated at that distance for a $60,000 claiming price.

After winding up her first campaign with a fourth-place finish in a first-level allowance sprint, Yousaidido spent the winter in Ontario and came back into the track at the beginning of March.

"She didn't show me anything at first to get really enthused over," said Baresich. "But as time went on, she's just been better and better."

Yousaidido scored her first win of the season at the $50,000 claiming level when stretching out to 1 1/16 miles for the first time. Then, after running eighth in a first-level allowance over 1o1/4 miles of turf, Yousaidido returned to the $60,000 claiming ranks and 1 1/16 miles July 26. She scored impressively but was disqualified and placed sixth for interference at the start.

Baresich, however, was at least happy that Yousaidido did not attract a claim.

"I'd thought she was much better than a $60,000 horse, but I decided to take a shot," said Baresich.

Yousaidido's effort prompted Baresich to enter her in the $100,000 Belle Mahone, a 1 1/16-mile overnight stakes for fillies and mares here Aug. 19. But when the Belle Mahone came up tougher than he had anticipated, Baresich scratched Yousaidido and entered her in a first-level allowance for fillies and mares over 1 3/8 miles three days later. Yousaidido responded with a nose victory under new rider Robert Landry.

And though Yousaidido is cutting back in distance and returning to the main track for the La Lorgnette, Baresich does not anticipate a problem.

"If she has to show speed, she will show it," said Baresich, who sent out Yousaidido to breeze five furlongs in 1:00.80 under Landry here Sept. 11. "She's a very easy horse to ride. She's very kind, not temperamental. You can place her wherever you like."

Dickinson-trained duo due Wednesday

Coy Coyote and Marsh Side, both based at Tapeta Farm in Maryland with trainer Michael Dickinson, were due to arrive at Woodbine Wednesday evening for the weekend stakes.

Coy Coyote is entered in the La Lorgnette while Marsh Side, a 4-year-old colt, is in Sunday's Grade 2, $300,000 Sky Classic, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward.

Owned by Dick Bonnycastle, Coy Coyote won the Grade 3 Mazarine at Woodbine last year when trained by Reade Baker.

This year, Coy Coyote has recorded two second-place finishes in three starts, including a head loss in Delaware's 1 1/16-mile Go for Wand last time out.

Jim McAleney, who rode Coy Coyote in her five starts here last year, regains the mount.

Marsh Side, owned by Robert Evans, will be making his second trip to Woodbine after finishing second behind Grade 1 winner Sky Conqueror in the Grade 2 Northern Dancer over 1 1/2 miles of turf on July 22.

Jambalaya, the third-place finisher there, went on to win the Arlington Million.

Marsh Side made his next start in Belmont's Grade 1 Man o' War but was never a factor when finishing seventh in that 1 3/8-mile turf race.

Emma-Jayne Wilson, who rode Marsh Side in the Northern Dancer, will be back in the irons for the Sky Classic.

Dates for 2008 requested

Woodbine has submitted its racing dates application for 2008 to the Ontario Racing Commission, and the 167-day request is very similar to the one granted for this year.

Racing would begin Saturday, April 5, and end Sunday, Dec. 7.

A Friday, Saturday, Sunday schedule would be in effect until Wednesdays are added Aprilo30. Thursday racing would begin June 5.

Holiday racing would be conducted on Monday, May 19; Monday, June 30 and Tuesday, July 1; Monday, Aug. 4; Monday, Sept. 1; and Monday, Oct. 13.

Thursdays June 26, July 3, July 31, Aug. 28, and Oct. 9 would be dark.