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You won't see You until 2003
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - You, the five-time Grade 1 winner who finished third in Saturday's Alabama Stakes, will not race again this year, trainer Bobby Frankel said Sunday morning. She will return as a 4-year-old, most likely starting her campaign at the Belmont Park spring meet of 2003.
Frankel said there is nothing physically wrong with You, but said the filly deserves a break. Also, he doesn't believe You could unseat Kentucky Oaks and Alabama winner Farda Amiga for the Eclipse Award as the 3-year-old filly champion.
"[Farda Amiga] deserves it," Frankel said. "She won the two big races, and there's no Xtra Heat around. I know I'm not going to get it, so why even [campaign] for it."
Last year, the Frankel-trained Flute won the Kentucky Oaks and Alabama, but did not win the Eclipse Award. Xtra Heat was voted last year's 3-year-old filly champion, though she won only one Grade 1, but was second to the boys in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
You has won four Grade 1 races this year, ranging in distance from seven furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. Her only two losses this year came at nine furlongs in the Kentucky Oaks and Alabama. Her wins have come in the Las Virgenes, Santa Anita Oaks, Acorn, and Test.
Frankel thought You's third-place finish in the Alabama was more the result of the wet track than her inability to get the 1 1/4 miles. She was beaten 3 1/2 lengths. Jockey Edgar Prado told Frankel, "she just wasn't comfortable over that track," Frankel said.
Frankel said You would remain in Saratoga until the end of the meet, then most likely ship to California where she would remain in Frankel's Hollywood Park barn. Frankel said You would walk for two months, but probably would not run until next spring at Belmont Park.
"I wouldn't want to train her in the winter at Santa Anita over those off racetracks," Frankel said.
Farda Amiga directly to Distaff
Alabama winner Farda Amiga was flown back to California on Monday, and most likely will train up to the Breeders' Cup Distaff, trainer Paulo Lobo said.
Lobo said Farda Amiga had an 11-hour trip to Saratoga, ran a hard race, and then had to endure another plane ride to California on Monday. "She needs to rest a little," Lobo said.
Lobo said Farda Amiga would do all of her training in California before shipping to Arlington a week before the Breeders' Cup.
Meanwhile, Alabama runner-up Allamerican Bertie will most likely make her next start in the $500,000 Spinster at Keeneland on Oct. 6. A decision on her Breeders' Cup status would be made after that race.
Listen Here breaks down
Listen Here, the upset winner of the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes, broke down while completing a workout in preparation for Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes, and was expected to be euthanized, trainer Bill Mott said.
Listen Here was galloping out after completing a four-furlong move in 49.07 seconds over the main track when he fractured both sesamoids of his left foreleg.
"He was galloping out very smoothly according to [exercise rider David Wallace]," Mott said. "He was three-sixteenths of a mile past the finish pole and he heard the bang."
Early Wednesday afternoon, Mott said Listen Here's foreleg was stabilized with a bandage and brace in his stall, but Mott expected the horse to be put down by sundown Monday. "The humane thing to do would be to euthanize the horse," he said.
Listen Here, a 3-year-old son of Gulch, had a record of 4-3-1 from 10 starts and earned $287,480 for owners Lewis Lakin, Kim and Rodney Nardelli.
Hennig looks forward to big weekend
Trainer Mark Hennig has struggled at this meet, saddling only one winner from 22 mounts. Things should get better this weekend when Hennig sends out the likely favorite in three Grade 1 races.
Hennig will send out Summer Colony in Friday's $400,000 Personal Ensign Handicap, Gygistar in Saturday's $200,000 King's Bishop and Raging Fever in Sunday's $250,000 Ballerina. All three horses put in sharp workouts on Sunday morning, indicating their readiness.
Summer Colony, the Delaware Handicap winner, went a half-mile in 47.05 seconds, Gygistar went five furlongs in 1:01.05, and Raging Fever went in 1:00.05.
Summer Colony won twice up here last summer, including a maiden score by 32 3/4 lengths and an allowance win by 9 1/2.
"She seems to be really happy, she likes it here, she's trained well over this track just in her daily gallops," Hennig said.
Gygistar will be making his first start since winning the Dwyer Stakes on July 6. A sickness kept him out of the Jim Dandy, something Hennig now believes might have been a blessing.
"He worked well the other day, ate every oat at lunch, he seems really bright now," Hennig said. "I'm really pleased with the decision we made to pass on the last race."
Raging Fever has not been out since winning the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap on June 22. She was made the 121-pound highweight for the seven-furlong race.
Roaring Fever, a full-brother to Raging Fever who won his maiden her at first asking on Aug. 9, worked four furlongs in 47.12 seconds Monday - the fastest of 92 half-mile breezes Monday - and is now being pointed to the Grade 1 Hopeful on Aug. 31.
Prado grabs jockey lead from Bailey
Edgar Prado seized the lead from Jerry Bailey in the jockey standings by winning four races on Monday. With two weeks remaining in the meet, Prado has 36 winners and leads Bailey by four wins heading into Wednesday's card. Prado has had 169 mounts at the meet, compared to Bailey's 124.
Taking advantage of Bailey's absence on Saturday and Sunday, Prado won a total of six races and tied Bailey at 32 wins with his victory aboard Wonder Again in the Lake Placid on Sunday.
Bailey failed to win with any of his four mounts on Monday. In the sixth, Bailey, who finished third aboard Mystic Lady, claimed foul against Prado, who rode the runner-up, Morena Park. The stewards, who posted the inquiry sign immediately after the race, disqualified Morena Park and placed her third.
Bailey was in Chicago on Saturday to ride Beat Hollow to victory in the Arlington Million. On Sunday, Bailey rode Include, the 1-2 favorite in the $350,000 Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park. Include finished sixth.
Bailey said he knew when he left Saratoga for the weekend he was taking a chance that Prado would gain on his lead, but Bailey has no regrets.
"I'm in the business to ride good horses and I had two good horses to ride," said Bailey, who hasn't ridden a winner at Saratoga since taking the Saratoga Special aboard Zavata last Wednesday.
On July 31, Bailey had 18 winners versus Prado's four.
Terranova's miserable day
Saturday was a day that trainer John Terranova would rather forget. The afternoon got off to a bad start in the sixth race when the Terranova-trained Stature, a first-time starter and a half-brother to Warners, was vanned off the track with a career-ending injury.
Terranova was hoping his luck would change three races later in the $300,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup with Gander, but it didn't.
Gander stumbled badly at the start, flinging jockey Mike Smith to the ground. Neither rider nor horse was seriously injured.
"When Gander stumbled, I said, 'This just didn't happen,'" Terranova recalled Monday. "The day started okay with Brocco Bob winning. He got claimed, but I kind of figured he would."
Terranova said Stature, bought for $115,000 at Keeneland last September, suffered a fractured sesamoid.
"We thought he would be a top 2-year-old," Terranova said. "He is the best-looking horse we have had in the barn in a long time."
Terranova said he would point Gander to the $400,000 Meadowlands Cup, a race he won last year, on Oct. 4.
On Monday, trainer Pat Kelly wasn't anxious to make plans for Evening Attire, the winner of the Saratoga Breeders' Cup.
Kelly's long-range target for the 4-year-old is the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Arlington Park on Oct. 26.
Kelly said he didn't know what path he would take to get to Chicago. One race Kelly is not considering is the $500,000 Woodward at Belmont on Sept. 7. The 1 1/8-mile Woodward is run around one turn and Evening Attire clearly has shown a preference for two-turn races.
Options for Evening Attire include the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on Sept. 28. The Gold Cup is run at 1 1/4 miles, but it isn't a true two-turn race since it starts on the clubhouse turn. A spot that possibly would suit Evening Attire is the $400,000 Washington Park Handicap, a 1 3/16-mile race at Arlington Park on Sept. 29.
"We would have to consider that, I guess," Kelly said. "Saturday's race was our target and we got that done. Now we can relax a little."
- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson