08/26/2007 11:00PM

Barnett has You Will Love Me going long


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - You Will Love Me will try to extend her speed out to 1 1/16 miles Wednesday night at Woodbine in the $125,000 Eternal Search Stakes for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

You Will Love Me has won 4 of her 7 outings, all under jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva. She took the seven-furlong Lady Angela Stakes on the Polytrack in her second start off the sidelines May 26, and then defeated nonwinners-of-three Ontario-sired allowance stock.

You Will Love Me competed in restricted turf stakes in her two most recent races. She wound up second in the Ontario Damsel, and then captured the seven-furlong Passing Mood by a neck over Birsay.

Trainer Earl Barnett is confident that You Will Love Me will handle a route of ground.

"We've been training her for the mile and a sixteenth," said Barnett.

Last Thursday morning, trainer said, "she went a half-mile in 49 after a good mile-and-a-half gallop, which is the way I do most of her works now. We can't have her going into the race rank. If she has to go to the lead, I think she'll relax there."

Barnett said upcoming options for You Will Love Me are against older horses, so he felt the Eternal Search is a good opportunity to experiment with her distance-wise.

"She's got some distance blood in her," said Barnett.

"We think this is an opportune time to try it. She's a good, strong, sound filly. She's been training exceptionally well."

You Will Love Me is shedding seven pounds off her Passing Mood score, because she hasn't won a race at a mile or longer. She's scheduled to carry 115, which is close to Da Silva's regular riding weight.

"I told Eurico to stop eating pizza," Barnett joked. "He says he won't have any trouble doing 115."

Quite a Nightmare, trained by Brian Ross, will likely be the main threat. She rallied from the back of the pack to end up third in the Passing Mood, which came after she toppled Ontario-sired allowance opponents July 6 going 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack.

Most recently in an open first-level allowance, Quite a Nightmare made a three-wide bid for the lead on the far turn before weakening to finish third.