Updated on 09/16/2011 8:24AM

Next stop, Chicago

You will be sent to the lead in Sunday's Grade 1 Spinster, said her trainer, Bobby Frankel.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - This side of California, they're still trying to determine who gets to run in the Breeders' Cup Distaff in three weeks. Everyone knows that Azeri, the California dynamo, will be a heavy favorite at Arlington Park in Chicago, but it's the rest of the Distaff field that still requires assembly.

The Grade 1 Overbrook Spinster Stakes, the traditional signature race of the Keeneland fall meet, should go a long way in helping with that situation. Several of the seven fillies and mares entered in the 1 1/8-mile race Sunday at Keeneland are highly accomplished, and surely the winner will have earned every right to challenge Azeri in the Distaff.

The Spinster is the eighth of nine races on a blockbuster Sunday card that also includes the Grade 1 Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile and two other stakes. Televised coverage of the Spinster and Shadwell Mile will be provided on a delayed basis on a 90-minute show on ESPN2. The telecast begins at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.

You, the Bobby Frankel-trained filly who has earned $1.3 million, is a primary contender in the $500,000 Spinster. So, too, is Take Charge Lady, who has finished first or second in 10 of her 11 career starts. And so is Dancethru-thedawn, the Sam-Son Farm standout who dominated the Grade 1 Go for Wand at Saratoga this summer.

Frankel, who three years ago won the Spinster with Keeper Hill, said he probably will ask jockey Edgar Prado to send You to the front in the 1 1/8-mile race, marking a change in tactics from recent starts, when You has been rated just off the early pace.

"We're going to put her on the lead this time," said Frankel. "The heck with it. No fooling around. She was quick enough to put away Raging Fever in her last race," he said of the Sept. 14 Ruffian, adding that "if you let her run from the gate, she'll show you what a very, very quick filly she is. We'll see what happens."

You, owned by Edmund Gann, already has won four Grade 1 races this year, with the seven-furlong Test Stakes being the most recent.

Take Charge Lady, a 3-year-old Dehere filly owned by the Select Stable of Jerry and Feye Bach, was given time off after winning the Dogwood Stakes in late May. Her only start in the interim resulted in a creditable second-place finish behind Imperial Gesture in the Grade 1 Gazelle four weeks ago.

"The goal all along has been the Spinster and Distaff," said trainer Ken McPeek. "One thing we tried to concentrate on in the Gazelle was getting her to relax. She did pretty well, and hopefully it will help in the next two races. I like her chances Sunday."

Take Charge Lady has won two of Keeneland's richest races in her past two appearances here: the Alcibiades last fall, and the Ashland in the spring. Doubledogdare is the only filly to have swept all three of Keeneland's premier events for female runners, winning the Alcibiades in 1955 and the Ashland and Spinster in 1956.

Dancethruthedawn, winner of the 2001 Queen's Plate, will be ridden by Jerry Bailey, who has ridden You in all but one of her last eight starts. Dancethruthedawn, who has earned nearly $1.6 million, demonstrated an affinity for Keeneland six months ago when she easily captured the Doubledogdare Stakes.

One more solid threat in the Spinster is Victory Ride, the lightly raced filly who won the 2001 Test. Trained by Rusty Arnold, Victory Ride has won five of seven career starts, the most recent being an easy tune-up in a Sept. 2 overnight stakes at Monmouth Park. Arnold won the 1997 Spinster with Clear Mandate.

The rest of the Spinster field is Atelier, Printemps, and Lakenheath.

The Spinster is one of Keeneland's most historic races, having been won by such greats as Susan's Girl (1973-75), Bold 'n Determined (1980), Inside Information (1995), and Banshee Breeze (1998). The 2001 winner was Miss Linda, a 19-1 shot.

Although the remnants of Hurricane Lili came through this region Friday, the weather was supposed to clear this weekend. Sunny skies and a high of about 74 are forecast for Sunday.


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