09/12/2007 11:00PM

'Love Me' streak on line

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - You Will Love Me goes back to the turf while in pursuit of her third consecutive stakes victory Saturday at Woodbine in the $125,000 La Prevoyante for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies.

Under the guidance of trainer Earl Barnett, You Will Love Me has won three restricted stakes this year. She competed around two turns for the first time most recently in the 1 1/16-mile Eternal Search and prevailed by three-quarters of a length over front-runner Quite a Nightmare.

"It was just a question of the distance in her last race, and she got that," Barnett said. "We had been training her to lose some of her speed, and she ran exactly the way we were hoping she would."

Barnett believes You Will Love Me has retained her form heading into the one-mile La Prevoyante.

"She came out of [the Eternal Search] just fine, and it looks like she's going forward," Barnett said. "I had a blood analysis taken on her, and the result was perfect. She had a nice, easy breeze [Monday], and came out of it good.

"Going a mile, she needs to have a bit of sharpness. We know she's fit. We don't have to build up her stamina like we did for the Eternal Search. She's got a very level head. She doesn't get rank, and I think she'll settle coming off a mile-and-a-sixteenth race."

You Will Love Me was second to Quiet Action the first time she tried the grass, in the July 8 Ontario Damsel Stakes. She subsequently captured the seven-furlong Passing Mood, an Ontario-sired stakes on the turf.

"The horse who beat us in the Damsel is a pretty nice filly," Barnett pointed out.

The other main contenders in the La Prevoyante are Birsay and Quite a Nightmare, who finished first and second in the July 25 Passing Mood.

Birsay, a profitable $40,000 claim last November by trainer Mike DePaulo, has won two Ontario-sired turf events this year, including an allowance.

Birsay was beaten a neck in the Passing Mood, but is exiting a lackluster effort in an open first-level allowance. DePaulo had no clear explanation for that subpar performance.

"I don't know if she bounced, or maybe we took her back a little [too far] off the pace," DePaulo said. "It certainly wasn't her best race."

Quite a Nightmare rallied from last to finish 1 1/2 lengths back in the Passing Mood. She set soft fractions on a clear lead before weakening in the Eternal Search.