10/31/2002 12:00AM

Youcan'ttakeme's Kentucky splash


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It didn't take very long for David Forster to get the attention of Kentucky racing fans.

Forster, who had never raced in Kentucky after a training career of more than 40 years in the West, sent out Youcan'ttakeme to win an allowance race on the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup undercard at Keeneland Oct. 12.

Now Forster is back for more, although this time at Churchill Downs. Youcan'ttakeme is one of eight 2-year-old fillies entered in the Saturday feature, the $100,000 Pocahontas Stakes.

Forster, 66, has been based primarily in Washington State and British Columbia during a training career that dates to 1959. Since Emerald Downs opened several years ago, replacing Longacres in the Seattle area, Forster had been taking his stable of about 20 horses to Arizona or northern California for the winter. But this year, he and his son and assistant, Grant, were looking for a change, so they settled on Keeneland, Churchill, and the Fair Grounds.

"I know people must be asking, 'Who the heck is that guy?' " Forster said Thursday. "Hopefully they'll know a little more after Saturday."

Youcan'ttakeme, with Robby Albarado to ride, will break from the inside post in the one-mile Pocahontas, the local prep for the Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes on closing day, Nov. 30. Owned by Herman Sarkowsky, Youcan'ttakeme is a Washington-bred with deceptively good bloodlines, being by the unraced sire He's Tops, who is by Seattle Slew and a half-brother to the former California standout, Dixie Union.

"This filly actually has pretty good ancestors," said Forster.

Perhaps more important than her pedigree is the fact that Youcan'ttakeme is one of just three fillies in the Pocahontas to have won more than a maiden race. The other two are Souris, who won the Top Flight Stakes at Arlington in August before finishing third in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie in her only subsequent start, and Miss Listo, a recent allowance winner at Keeneland. Both fillies are trained by Steve Asmussen.

The rest of the Pocahontas field is Belle of Perintown, Red Cell, Star of Atticus, Female Accomplice, and Holiday Lady.

The Pocahontas is the ninth of 10 Saturday races, with post time scheduled for 4:38 p.m. Eastern.

Four allowance races also are carded Saturday, most notably a $59,500 route (race 4) that attracted a high-class field of six, including Parade Leader, romping winner of the New Orleans Handicap in March.

First post is 12:40 p.m.

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