Updated on 09/16/2011 8:31AM

Two classy fillies in Acorn


ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainers Neil Drysdale and Bobby Frankel hope New York is a little kinder than Kentucky was to their 3-year-old fillies, Bella Bellucci and You, when they meet in Friday's Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont Park.

Both horses were entered in the May 3 Kentucky Oaks, but Bella Bellucci was scratched two days before because of a low blood count. You went off the 2-1 second choice in the Oaks, but she found the distance a half-furlong too far, and finished fourth.

Both fillies won graded stakes at Belmont as 2-year-olds and appear to be the class of the six-horse field. The $250,000 Acorn will share billing with the $100,000 Flash Stakes for juveniles on Friday's nine-race card. First post is 3 p.m., with the Acorn going as race 6 so that it may be televised live on ESPN (5-6 p.m.).

The Acorn is the first leg of the Acorn/Belmont Stakes double, requiring fans to select correctly the winner of both races in a minimum $1 wager.

At 2, Bella Bellucci ran three times at Belmont, winning her maiden and the Grade 2 Astarita Breeders Cup before finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. This year, Bella Bellucci won the Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita and the Grade 3 Comely at Aqueduct on April 13.

Originally sent to Belmont in early May, Bella Bellucci has spent the last several weeks at Aqueduct, where Drysdale believes she trains better. Gary Stevens will ride Bella Bellucci from post 5.

You won the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont at 2, a victory that helped send her off the 4-5 favorite in the Juvenile Fillies. But she finished fourth, beaten 5 1/2 lengths by Tempera and one-half length for third by Bella Bellucci.

This year, You recorded a pair of Grade 1 victories at Santa Anita in the Las Virgenes and Santa Anita Oaks before faltering in Kentucky. Frankel believes the one-turn mile should suit You perfectly.

"I think it's a better distance for her, but she's got to run against Bella Bellucci, who is really good," Frankel said.

Jerry Bailey rides You from post 2.

Proper Gamble and Nonsuch Bay come into the Acorn in excellent form. Proper Gamble has won three consecutive stakes - including the Grade 2 Beaumont - and is versatile enough to run from on or off the pace. Nonsuch Bay put in a powerful late run to win the Nassau County. Dust Me Off, the Bonnie Miss winner, and Willa on the Move, runner-up in the Miss Preakness, complete the field.

Flash: Pletcher sends out tough entry

Trainer Todd Pletcher sends out the speedy Windsor Lodge and the late-running Mason City as an uncoupled entry in the Grade 3 Flash Stakes for juvenile colts run at five furlongs.

Windsor Lodge won his maiden by 4 1/2 lengths over heavily bet Whywhywhy on May 16. Meanwhile, Mason City endured two troubled trips in Keeneland, finishing second first time out and winning his maiden by 3 3/4 lengths.

"I think both of his races were more impressive than they look on paper," Pletcher said of Mason City. "Windsor Lodge is quick away from the gate and will be a major pace factor."

Also entered are Down Play, Renegade Warrior, Presence, Whywhywhy, and Bring Out the Best.