Updated on 09/17/2011 10:44AM

You and Frankel unstoppable

Lane Gold
You wins the the $327,900 Fleur de Lis Handicap by 3 3/4-lengths at Churchill Downs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Anyone who has been paying the slightest bit of attention to Thoroughbred racing knows that Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel has been enjoying an amazing year. A microcosm of Frankel's year has been what his stable has accomplished at the Churchill Downs spring meet, where on Saturday he saddled You for a 3 3/4-length win in the $327,900 .

Counting the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis, Frankel had started 12 horses here, resulting in seven wins, four seconds, and one third. Incredibly, only two of those races came outside of stakes company.

The win by You was typical Frankel domination. Always in striking position after breaking smartly under Jerry Bailey, You put away front-running So Much More turning for home, then opened up a big enough lead to remain easily clear of a belated run from Printemps, who edged Nonsuch Bay by a neck for second. So Much More was just another head back in fourth, while Charmed Gift and Minister's Baby were far back to complete the order of finish.

"Jerry said he was going to let her run out of there and if someone else wanted the lead, that was okay," Frankel said.

You, a 4-year-old filly who began her career at Churchill before being sold to Edmund Gann, now has won nine of 19 starts and nearly $1.9 million. She returned $3 as the prohibitive favorite after finishing 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.12 over a fast track. She spotted her rivals five to seven pounds as the 119-pound highweight.

"Bobby thought she was training well and this would be one of her better races of the year," Bailey said.

In the race following the Fleur de Lis, Aldebaran finished third in the Stephen Foster as Frankel's 13th starter at the meet.

Regret: Sand Springs wins easily

As if the point needed to be driven home any further: Sand Springs runs well over the Churchill turf course.

After speeding to the early lead in the Grade 3, $231,000 Regret Stakes, Sand Springs never looked back, posting her third victory of the meet - and easily the richest of her eight-race career. Ridden by Mark Guidry, Sand Springs won by three lengths over late-running Personal Legend, the 5-2 favorite in a field of 12 3-year-old fillies. The winner returned $11.80.

Tony Reinstedler trains Sand Springs, by Dynaformer, for her breeder, Peter Willmott. "She's really in a class by herself around here, and I think she's one of the best 3-year-old fillies around," said Reinstedler.

He added that he is thinking about the $750,000 American Oaks on July 5 at Hollywood Park for a next start.

Sand Springs completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.78 over a firm turf. After failing to finish in her 2-year-old finale, Sand Springs returned with back-to-back wins here April 26 and May 21.

Achnasheen was up in the final stride to snatch third from Unbridled Femme.

Northern Dancer: Champali victorious

After contesting swift fractions of 22.05, 44.13, and 1:08.82, Champali still had plenty left to turn back a stretch bid from Lone Star Sky and win the one-mile Northern Dancer Handicap by two lengths.

Ridden by Pat Day, Champali returned $4.20 as the favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds after finishing in 1:34.69. Lone Star Sky had another three-quarters of a length on third-finisher During, who ran early with Champali.

"Actually, I was pretty confident all the way around," said trainer Greg Foley. "If it had been anybody else but Pat, I'd probably have been screaming."

Victory in the $111,100 Northern Dancer marked the seventh in 10 lifetime starts for Champali, a Glitterman colt owned by Lloyd Madison Farms. Foley said the next probable start is the $250,000 Iowa Derby, a 1 1/16-mile race on July 5 at Prairie Meadows.

* In earlier allowance races, Skeet ($18.20) outnodded Cajun Beat after a stretch-long duel to win at five furlongs on turf; Appealing Secret ($9) captured the first allowance race of the meet for 2-year-old colts; and Reverse Psychology ($25.20) was awarded the victory in an entry-level grass route on the disqualification of first-place finisher Trial By Jury.

* Jack Knowlton and David Mann, members of the syndicate that owns Funny Cide, were presented with the engraved Kentucky Derby trophy between races Saturday. To considerable fanfare and applause, the men arrived in the winner's circle after boarding a yellow school bus - the same one that brought them to the Derby six weeks beforehand - on the backstretch.

Earlier, Knowlton and Mann hung the official "Funny Cide 2003" plaque in the clubhouse courtyard among plaques for all Derby winners.

A winner's circle ceremony also was conducted to honor the late racing writer John Harrell, who died April 1 at 37.