07/24/2002 11:00PM

You in form for Test


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Some racing men want to catagorize their horses in absolute terms: This one is a miler, that one will never win beyond six furlongs. Bob Frankel prefers to keep an open mind.

He is running Edmund Gann's talented 3-year-old filly, You, as the favorite here Saturday in the Grade 1, $250,000 Test Stakes at seven furlongs. If she runs as well as she has been training in the highly competative Test, Frankel says he will consider her for the $750,000 Alabama Stakes on Aug. 17.

Frankel has been captivated by You from their first joint venture in Saratoga's Adiron-dack Stakes last Summer when You won by a thrusting neck over the highly-regarded Cashier's Dream. Last fall he saw his confidence justified when You won the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park.

He grieved with her when she was caught up in a speed duel that led to her defeat in the Kentucky Oaks last spring and rejoiced with her when she rebounded to capture the Grade 1 Acorn Mile in early June. But why has she been inactive the last seven weeks when there were many opportunities for her?

"She's been very light and I wanted to give her every opportunity to fill out," Frankel says. "Since she shipped to New York after the Kentucky Oaks, she has been eating better than ever. It looks like she may finally be blossoming. I don't know if it is the change of tracks, or the climate, or the time of the year that is responsible but she is very happy here."