04/28/2010 11:00PM

Class relief for Yournotthebossofme


Yournotthebossofme was outmatched last time out in the Grade 3 Florida Oaks but should be more comfortable Saturday, when she tops a field of nine 3-year-old fillies in a seven-furlong optional claimer at Tampa Bay Downs.

The race headlines an 11-race card as Tampa Bay Downs enters its final weekend of live racing. The meet concludes Sunday.

Yournotthebossofme began the meet with a close third in the Sandpiper and a fifth in the Gasparilla while still a maiden. Trainer Chad Stewart dropped her into maiden special weight company Feb. 27, and she overcame traffic and rallied to post her first win.

Swung back in the Florida Oaks, Yournotthebossofme was reluctant to load in the gate, then made a run at the leaders before weakening to sixth, beaten 8 1/4 lengths by Diva Delite.

Yournotthebossofme is the horse to beat Saturday but will have competition in Spidawoman, who is moving back to a sprint distance and the main track after finishing ninth in a 1 1/16-mile optional claimer on turf March 14. Trained by Kathleen O'Connell, Spidawoman won her maiden earlier in the meet at seven furlongs, pulling away by 2 1/4 lengths.

Trainer Jamie Ness will start Rising Barometer, who drops in class after setting a fast early pace before finishing last of seven in the Sophomore Fillies sprint on Florida Cup Day. Two starts back, Rising Barometer returned from a four-month layoff and looked sharp in a six-furlong optional claimer, posting a 5 1/4-length victory in a quick 1:10.60.

Also in the field are Count the Change, who rallied late to win her maiden in her last start, and Promised Mandate, who returns to a sprint and the main track after finishing seventh in a claiming race over about 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Ness and O'Connell are going down to the wire in the battle for leading trainer. Ness has won the last four titles locally, and O'Connell has led the standings for much of the current meet.

Through Wednesday, Ness and O'Connell were tied with 48 victories. Each stable has two horses entered in the same race Saturday. One race before the feature, Ness has Bubber, who has won two of his last three, entered in a turf route for $16,000 claimers. O'Connell will start Gold Pagentry, who was a close fourth on the turf in his last start.