Updated on 09/15/2011 1:19PM

Juvenile Fillies: Harty gets his wish; Baffert doesn't


ELMONT, N.Y. - Although post positions really shouldn't matter in a one-turn, 1 1/16-mile race with nine horses at Belmont Park, two trainers walked away with decidedly different views about how their horses drew for Saturday's $1 million Juvenile Fillies.

Trainer Eoin Harty was ecstatic when Tempera drew the outside post, while his former boss, Bob Baffert, was displeased that Habibti drew the rail. You, who was made the 9-5 morning-line favorite by Daily Racing Form handicapper Mike Watchmaker, drew post 5, the best draw of any of trainer Bobby Frankel's six Breeders' Cup entrants.

The last time Tempera had an outside post, she was able to stalk the pace and she romped to a nine-length victory in the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar. In her next start, the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, Tempera was down on the inside and found herself vying for the lead, and she finished third. Harty said Tempera seemed intimidated by being down on the inside.

"Of all four horses I'm running, I was begging she drew the outside," Harty said. "Somebody was looking out for me. If you draw the rail, you have to commit one way or the other. Either you have to take back and go around or you've got to go and, hopefully, you can get them to last."

Habibti had the rail the day she won the Del Mar Debutante. Victor Espinoza took her off the pace before rallying her along the rail. Baffert would have preferred that Habibti do her stalking from the outside post in the Juvenile Fillies.

"I was really disappointed in her draw," he said. "I would have loved an outside post with her."

Baffert admits that Habibti probably won't be at her best in the Juvenile Fillies. Habibti was treated with antibiotics earlier this month after a virus forced her to miss the Grade 1 Oak Leaf.

"She's had a little tough luck," Baffert said. "The class is there, you just might not see the best of her this week. The 1-hole will hinder her more than the race she didn't have."

In a mild surprise, Harty also entered Imperial Gesture in the Juvenile Fillies. Harty has said he didn't think she was Breeders' Cup caliber and would be a better fit in Sunday's Tempted Stakes. Frankie Dettori was named to ride.

"They love $1 million races," Harty said of his owner, Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum's Godolphin Racing. "They want to see what happens the next couple of days. They want to take a shot."

Prado's best chance

While much has been made about Frankel's bid to win his first Breeders' Cup race, jockey Edgar Prado also is looking forward to winning his first Breeders' Cup trophy. Both skids could come to an end with You.

Prado is 0 for 13 in the Cup, but has ridden only two horses whose odds were less than 16-1. His best chance up to now was with Chief Seattle, who finished second in the 1999 Juvenile at 4-1.

Prado has been aboard You since Frankel acquired the filly in June, guiding her to victory in the Grade 2 Adirondack and Grade 1 Frizette.

"I really like the way she won the other day," Prado said of her win in the Frizette. "She handled the track beautifully, she handled the distance beautifully, and the best part is she came out of it great. She's learning to be more relaxed. When you call on her she's right there. She doesn't act like a 2-year-old; she's a very mature horse."