05/01/2003 11:00PM

You exerts her class in Louisville BC

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jockeys Jerry Bailey and Larry Melancon were having a friendly conversation as they battled noses apart aboard You and Fly Borboleta on the backstretch during Friday's $300,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs.

"Larry said he didn't know how much class his filly had," Bailey said. "I told him you'll find out around the five-sixteenths pole."

To her credit, Fly Borboleta was able to match strides with You and Bailey until the three-sixteenths pole, at which point You gradually began to pull away to a 7 3/4-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile Louisville Breeders' Cup.

The Grade 2 race lost much of its luster after Take Charge Lady, who would likely have vied with You for favoritism, was scratched earlier in the day due to a bruised foot suffered during training hours the previous morning.

"Let's cut to the chase," winning trainer Bobby Frankel said following You's decisive victory. "After Take Charge Lady came out of there my filly was just the class of the field. I hate to say this, but on paper it looked like she would have to fall down to lose."

You actually had to work hard before asserting her superiority through the stretch. Fly Borboleta engaged her shortly after the start of the Louisville Breeders', after which the pair battled through swift fractions of 23.34 seconds, 45.90, and 1:10.03 for the opening six furlongs. You, racing nearest the rail, finally shook off her rival when put to pressure leaving the three-sixteenths pole, and then steadily extended her advantage through the final furlong.

Fly Borboleta wearied from her battle with the odds-on favorite but was able to outlast Seven Four Seven by one length for second. Majority Whip and Red n'Gold rounded out the order of finish.

You returned $2.60 after covering the distance in 1:43.21 over an extremely fast racetrack.

"I wasn't worried about the splits but you always have to be concerned," said Frankel, who trains You for owner Edmund Gann. "After all it's still a horse race."

Frankel said he is uncertain what would be next for You, other than that her next start would be in New York.

"I've got a lot of really good fillies," said Frankel. "I'll just try to spread them all around. It's a long year."