10/25/2001 12:00AM

Juvenile Fillies: Luck finally shines on Frankel with You


ELMONT, N.Y. - Expectations have certainly changed for You since her career began nearly five months ago.

Entered in a claiming race for a price tag of $50,000 in her debut, You enters Saturday's $1 million Juvenile Fillies as one of the heaviest favorites on the World Thoroughbred Championships card at Belmont Park. You will have eight challengers in the 1 1/16-mile dirt race.

You ascended to the top of the juvenile filly division by virtue of victories in the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga and Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont. Both races came after trainer Bobby Frankel purchased You from owner/breeder Dolphus Morrison for $150,000 for long-time owner Edmund Gann.

Even Frankel has been amazed with what a good purchase You has turned out to be.

"You get lucky sometimes in this business,'' Frankel said. "It's my turn.''

Frankel hopes it's his turn to finally win a Breeders' Cup race after going 0 for 36 since the series began in 1984. He has six horses entered Saturday with You and Flute, who will run in the Distaff, regarded as his best shots.

In her first two starts for Frankel, You had eight weeks between races. She is now coming back in three weeks, following her 6 1/4-length victory in the Frizette.

"She might run better, who knows?'' Frankel said. "We'll only find out after you run.''

In the Frizette, You raced from a stalking position, sitting off the speedy Cashier's Dream, a filly who was suspect at distance of ground. You could get the same scenario on Saturday as jockey Edgar Prado figures to have her sitting off the speedy Shesastonecoldfox, an undefeated New York-bred filly who could have distance limitations.

If You puts away Shesastonecoldfox, she will probably have to deal with at least one of the field's three other unbeaten fillies in the stretch.

Bella Bellucci and Habibti, who are both 2 for 2, figure to vie for second choice in the wagering. They will be attempting to do what has never been done in the Juvenile Fillies: win having had just two previous starts.

Unraced before Sept. 8, Bella Bellucci has won both of her starts, including a half-length victory in the Grade 2 Astarita. She will attempt to stretch out from 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 furlongs. Neither trainer Neil Drysdale nor jockey Gary Stevens see experience or distance as a problem for Bella Bellucci.

"She's just given us both a lot of confidence being around her,'' Stevens said. "She's improved with every work and with her two races.''

Trainer Ken McPeek is not lacking confidence in his undefeated filly, Take Charge Lady, winner of the Walmac International Alcibiades. McPeek trained She's a Devil Due to a third-place finish in last year's Juvenile Fillies and believes Take Charge Lady is a better filly. He also is not yet sold on You.

"I think she's very suspect on what she's beaten,'' McPeek said. "The thing's wide open. If they switched You and Take Charge Lady and Frankel had Take Charge Lady and I had You, Take Charge Lady would be the favorite.''

Habibti hasn't run since taking the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Aug. 26. She missed the Oak Leaf due to a virus, and her trainer, Bob Baffert, has downplayed her chances of winning this week.

"I would have liked a couple of more weeks,'' Baffert said. "I think she'll run well. She has the class, but we're not coming into it like we would have liked to come into it.''

It was by design that Tempera has not run since finishing third in the Del Mar Debutante. Trainer Eoin Harty felt another race before the Breeders' Cup would have taken the starch out of Tempera. Harty was ecstatic when she drew the extreme outside post.

Harty will also send out Imperial Gesture, who finished second in the Oak Leaf. She is viewed as the weaker half of the entry.

Sophisticat, a $3.4 million yearling purchase, is intriguing based on her pedigree. She is a daughter of Storm Cat out of the champion mare Serena's Song, who finished second in the 1994 Juvenile Fillies. Sophisticat is 1 for 7, but has yet to run on dirt.

Jealous Forum, second in the Canadian Grade 1 Mazarine last out, completes the field.