07/24/2002 11:00PM

Suddenly, Your Out has a bright future


Three months ago, Your Out wasn't able to beat statebreds in Maryland. Last weekend, she came within 10 yards of defeating one of the top fillies in the country.

Your Out, a 4-year-old trained by Graham Motion, was overtaken just before the wire of the $600,000 Delaware Handicap by Summer Colony, finishing a neck behind the even-money favorite after 1 1/4 miles.

Initially, Motion was speechless after coming so close to winning the most prestigious race of the Delaware Park meet. After he had some time to reflect upon Your Out's game performance, however, the near-miss wasn't nearly so painful.

"For me to be disappointed would be kind of crazy," said Motion, who won the Delaware Handicap with longshot Power Play in 1997. "If someone would have asked me two months ago if I thought I could have been second in the Delaware Handicap with Your Out against one of the best fillies in the country, I would have thought they were from another planet."

Now Motion must decide whether to give Your Out another crack at Summer Colony in the 1 1/4-mile Personal Ensign, a Grade 1, $400,000 stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 23, or look elsewhere. He said he's leaning toward shipping Your Out to Arlington for the Arlington Matron, a Grade 3 race at 1 1/8 miles on Sept. 2.

"I'm more inclined to point her to the Arlington race," Motion said. "She has had a sensational move on the far turn of her last two races and she will probably be a little more effective at a mile and an eighth than a mile and a quarter."

Motion can't be blamed for looking even farther ahead and thinking ambitiously.

"Running at Arlington, if she happens to run a big race, she would have a race over the track, which also happens to be where the Breeders' Cup is this year," he said. "That may sound far-fetched, but she did just get beat a whisker by one of the best fillies in the country. I'm not saying she's that kind of filly, but I have to find out.

Black approaching 4,500 wins

Jockey Anthony Black comes into Saturday's program needing just 15 wins to reach 4,500 for his career.

Black, 50, ranks 12th among active jockeys in North America and 30th on the all-time list.

Not only is Black approaching a milestone, he's also enjoying one of his best years at Delaware. Through Wednesday's races, he has ridden 66 winners, good for third in the standings, one behind Mike McCarthy.

* Ramon Dominguez will need surgery to repair damage to the broken left wrist he sustained in a fall Wednesday. Dominguez is expected to be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks.

* Merry Princess, a two-time stakes winner in turf sprints this season, and Repository, a Midwest shipper from Tom Amoss's barn who won the $114,000 Mamzelle at Churchill Downs this spring, head a field of 10 older fillies and mares for Saturday's Local Thriller. The five-furlong turf race carries a purse of $55,000.