10/19/2003 11:00PM

You is retired from racing


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Multiple Grade 1 winner You has been retired from racing, trainer Bobby Frankel said Monday. A 4-year-old filly by You and I, You is headed for Keeneland's January all-ages sale in Lexington.

"Everything's all right," Frankel said of the filly's physical condition. "There are no real races for her left this year, so we might as well retire her."

You, who raced for Edmund Gann, leaves the racetrack with a lifetime race record of 23-9-8-2 and earnings of more than $2.1 million.

You won eight stakes races, five of them Grade 1, during three seasons at the track. Her first Grade 1 victory came in the 2001 Frizette Stakes, and she followed up in 2002 with four more, in the Las Virgenes Stakes, Santa Anita Oaks, Acorn Stakes and Test Stakes. She also won the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap and Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap in 2003 and Adirondack Stakes in 2001.

But You is at least as famous for her unusual background. Bred by Dolphus Morrison from the Homebuilder mare Our Dani, You did not give any indication on paper that she was destined to become a star. She was Our Dani's first foal, and soon after You's birth Morrison donated the broodmare to the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He sold You privately to Gann after the filly's second start.

By the time You became a graded stakes winner, the small, cash-strapped university had come to realize it had an unusual asset on its hands. It decided to sell the mare, in foal to the school's Thoroughbred stallion In a Walk, at the 2002 Keeneland January sale. Consigned through Lane's End, Our Dani topped the auction's second session at $625,000. A European syndicate represented by French agent Robert Nataf bought her.

Our Dani's only other foal to race so far is a Candy Stripes colt named Tortoni, a winner at 2.

You made her final start in the Oct. 5 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland, in which she finished a close second behind Take Charge Lady.