05/14/2003 11:00PM

You is pinch-running for Sightseek in Shuvee


ELMONT, N.Y. - Bobby Frankel saw the rainy forecast and decided to make a last-minute substitution and will run You in Saturday's $200,000 Shuvee Handicap at Belmont Park instead of Sightseek.

Frankel also entered Wild Spirit, a Group 1 winner in Chile, in the Grade 2 Shuvee. The formidable Frankel team will run as an uncoupled entry in the one-mile race, which drew a strong field of six fillies and mares.

Raging Fever, who is 5 for 8 at Belmont and rarely throws in a clunker, is also running. Nonsuch Baby, a Grade 1 winner at Belmont, Smok'n Frolic, who is also entered in Friday's $150,000 at Pimlico, and Princess Dixie complete the field.

You is the 120-pound highweight.

If the track is wet that should not be a problem for You, who won last year's Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont by 7 1/4 lengths over a wet-fast track.

In her last start, You was a runaway winner of the Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap May 2 at Churchill Downs.

You, who drew the rail, could end up in a battle for the early lead with Raging Fever. Last year in the Ruffian, You dogged Raging Fever through lively fractions. Raging Fever tired and was beaten 20 lengths. You hung in well and finished second to Mandy's Gold, beaten 2 1/4 lengths.

Shaun Bridgmohan rides You.

Frankel said Wild Spirit would run in longer races this summer, but believes the 4-year-old filly, who defeated males last year in Chile, will run well in her United States debut.

"She's a beautiful filly. She trains very well," Frankel said. "She should run good in this race."

Wild Spirit, who will be ridden by Javier Castellano, has an exceptional wet-track record of 5-3-0 in nine starts.

Raging Fever, second in last year's Shuvee, controlled the pace when she won the one-mile Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap at Aqueduct in her last start April 19. Raging Fever, trained by Mark Hennig, was a half-length winner over Smok'n Frolic.

Aaron Gryder, who has ridden Raging Fever in her last three starts, said the 5-year-old is a game competitor.

"She has withstood pressure and run powerful races," Gryder said. "But by no means does she need the lead to win."

Todd Pletcher, Smok'n Frolic's trainer, doesn't want a repeat of the Bed o' Roses, when Raging Fever was in command from start to finish. Pletcher said he would evaluate the Shuvee and the Pimlico Distaff to determine the better spot.