08/10/2009 11:00PM

Barnett looks for big weekend

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Michael Burns
You Will Love Me (right) wins last year's Victoriana at Woodbine by a half-length over Executive Flight.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Earl Barnett is hoping his Ontario-sired stars will be able to shine on two fronts Sunday.

At Woodbine, You Will Love Me is slated to go postward in the $125,000 Victoriana, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares that she won last year.

At Fort Erie, Anne's Purse is scheduled to be on hand for the $125,000 Rainbow Connection, a five-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.

You Will Love Me, a 5-year-old homebred who races for Bill Jones, is heading for the Victoriana with a record of 6-4-2 and earnings of $512,758 from 20 starts.

In addition to the Victoriana, You Will Love Me has captured the Lady Angela and the Eternal Search on Polytrack and the Passing Mood on grass.

This year, however, You Will Love Me has ended on the fringes in each of her three starts.

After opening up with a sixth-place finish in the six-furlong Ballade, You Will Love Me again was in touch early but wound up fifth in the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too.

In her last start, which came in the Victoriana prep which was taken off the turf and run over a mile and 70 yards, You Will Love Me stalked the pace and finished fourth.

The Victoriana prep was not restricted, and Much Obliged, the dominant winner, is a stakes-winning Kentucky-bred.

"With the distance of her races, I think she's coming around to this one excellent," said Barnett, noting that You Will Love Me also had been making her fourth start of the season in last year's Victoriana. "I was really happy with her turf work the other day."

You Will Love Me tuned up for the Victoriana with a bullet four-furlong breeze in 47 seconds here last Sunday. Barnett said he caught the mare galloping out five furlongs in 58.60.

Anne's Purse, a 4-year-old homebred who races for the Big C Little C Stable of Jim De Angelis, has compiled a record of 3-2-1 and earnings of $214,198 from just 7 starts.

Her stakes efforts last year yielded a win in the Lady Angela, a second in the Ontario Damsel on the turf, and a third in the Passing Mood, which turned out to be her last start of the season.

"She had a bad bone bruise in a front cannon bone," Barnett said. "Rather than take any gambles, we decided to stop on her. We love her. We think she's a good filly, and we expect to have a good campaign with her."

Returning from an 11-month absence, Anne's Purse captured a restricted second-level allowance at 6 1/2 furlongs here June 26 and then ended a neck back as the runner-up when going seven furlongs under second-level allowance terms four weeks later.

And while the five furlongs of the Rainbow Connection would mark the shortest race to date for Anne's Purse, Barnett is not concerned.

"She's got a world of natural speed," Barnett said. "We haven't asked her for five-eighths speed, but she'll give it to us if we ask her. The major issue is the footing. Hopefully, the race will stay on the grass."

Eurico Rosa da Silva is the regular rider of both Barnett runners and will stay here with You Will Love Me. Gerry Olguin has picked up the mount on Anne's Purse.

Jordan eyeing stakes out West

Trainer Terry Jordan is planning to take a serious run at some top prizes in Western Canada with three horses based here at Woodbine.

It Happened Again, La Rocca, and Approval Rating all are slated to stop over in Alberta for major stakes at the Northlands Park meeting and then head on to Hastings in British Columbia for more of the same.

A recent private purchase for owner Peter Redekop, It Happened Again is a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old colt.

It Happened Again has won 4 of 11 starts, including the $50,000 Triple Sec over seven furlongs at Delta Downs this January, and most recently ended second in the Grade 3 Barbaro over 1 1/16 miles at Delaware Park.

The Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian Derby, a 1 3/8-mile race at Northlands on Aug. 22, and the Grade 3, $250,000 B.C. Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race at Hastings on Sept. 27, are It Happened Again's targets.

La Rocca, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old filly, was purchased privately for Redekop here from trainer Mark Casse, who had taken over as her trainer for her last start.

In her first six outings for Todd Pletcher, La Rocca had won her maiden over 1 1/8 miles at Keeneland and finished second in the $65,000 Little Silver over 1 1/16 miles of turf at Monmouth Park.

La Rocca's try for Casse yielded a second-place finish behind an older runner in a first-level allowance here at 1 1/16 miles.

The $75,000 Sonoma, a 1 1/16-mile race at Northlands on Aug. 23, and the $125,000 B.C. Oaks, over 1 1/8 miles at Hastings on Sept. 26, are on La Rocca's dance card.

Approval Rating, a Florida-bred 5-year-old who also races for Redekop, finished third here in the 1 1/16-mile Eclipse and second in the 1 1/4-mile Dominion Day before disappointing last time out in the 1 1/16-mile Seagram Cup.

"There's nothing left for him here now," said Jordan, who has an eye on the $100,000 Speed to Spare over 1 3/8 miles at Northlands on Sept. 6 and the Grade 3, $100,000 B.C. Premiers over the same distance at Hastings on Oct. 18.

Fatal Bullet okay after clunker

Fatal Bullet is back at Woodbine after finishing last of six in the Grade 2 A.G. Vanderbilt over seven furlongs at Saratoga on Sunday.

"He's fine," trainer Reade Baker said. "He just didn't like the dirt. When he's working on it he's fine, but when he gets going at top speed he isn't comfortable on it."

Fatal Bullet, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita last fall, is scheduled for a return trip, and his final prep is slated to be the Grade 3, $250,000 Phoenix over six furlongs at Keeneland on Oct. 9.

"The Phoenix is definitely on the schedule," Baker said. "Whether there's something for him before that, I don't know."