06/12/2007 11:00PM

You and Me Baby live off last


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Yvon Belsoeur looked to be taking a shot in the dark when he ran You and Me Baby against the boys in a tough $40,000 claimer on the grass May 20. Sent off at 27-1, You and Me Baby finished a very respectable fourth that day, an effort that should set her up nicely for Friday's Woodbine feature, a $62,500 allowance and optional claimer.

You and Me Baby was claimed by Belsoeur for $20,000 last July, and he captured a one-mile turf allowance with her first time off the claim. She finished second to a razor-sharp Knocker after leading the way in two consecutive seven-furlong middle claimers in the fall, before getting the winter off.

You and Me Baby reappeared May 4 on the Polytrack in a $40,000 race won by Gigi's Charm, who subsequently won a $50,000 race on May 19 for her third win in a row.

Friday's field doesn't contain much speed, and You and Me Baby should be an effective front-running presence under Gerry Olguin.

In addition, Belsoeur has a 16 percent win average and a positive ROI over the past two years.

The seven-furlong sprint has attracted five other fillies and mares - Whispertoascream, La Salle Glory, Elkhart, Parrsboro Gold, and River Lee.

Whispertoascream finished third in two stakes, the 2005 Whimsical and last year's Belle Mahone. In her lone appearance this year against $80,000 opposition April 27, she wound up sixth after a wide trip.

Corey Fraser will ride Whispertoascream for Bob Tiller, who led the trainer standings with 20 wins heading into this week.

La Salle Glory won once in 14 starts last year, in a slow $80,000 optional claimer Nov. 19. Her most recent effort, a wide third-place finish against $62,500 company, was her best at the current stand.

Elkhart had a productive 2006 campaign, taking 2 of 7 starts, but she hasn't been an impact player since the Tucci Stable and trainer Sid Attard claimed her for $62,500 last November.

Parrsboro Gold rallied wide for a half-length triumph in a seven-furlong allowance May 23.

River Lee, fifth in the 2006 Jammed Lovely Stakes, is making her season debut off a series of five-furlong workouts.

Mutuel clerk's $37 million payday

Woodbine mutuel clerk Graham Gelineau spent much more than he usually does on last Saturday's Lotto 6/49 draw, and his $20 gamble paid off handsomely when he won the $37 million first prize.