06/19/2002 11:00PM

Your Out tries Obeah distance


Allen's Prospect is considered a sire who produces good sprinters, not long-distance runners. Since 4-year-old filly Your Out is a daughter of Allen's Prospect, trainer H. Graham Motion thought the 1 1/4 miles of the Delaware Handicap would be beyond her range.

But now that Your Out has learned to rate, Motion's not so certain the 10-furlong Delaware is too long.

Saturday's $100,000 Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park, a 1 1/8-mile prep for next month's $600,000 Delaware Handicap, will help Motion make up his mind whether to give Your Out a shot in the Grade 3 race on July 21.

Your Out, who has finished first or second in 10 of her 12 starts, was asked to sit back and make a closing move for the first time in the Geisha Handicap at Pimlico two starts ago. She finished fourth after a troubled start.

"We tried to rate and relax her," Motion explained, "but she got bumped around a little bit and I think that compromised her chances."

In the Summer King Stakes at Delaware on May 21, the game plan worked perfectly. Your Out made a four-wide middle move and drew off to win by 3 1/2 lengths. Her 91 Beyer Speed Figure was right on the mark, nearly matching the 92's she earned in her first two starts of the year.

"I especially liked the fact that her new running style seems to be more effective," Motion said. "In her last race, she got a better opportunity to relax and I think it showed. I'm a lot more confident that she can handle longer distances, and if she wins or runs a respectable race in the Obeah, we would definitely have to consider the Delaware Handicap. She did win a race at mile and an eighth as a 2-year-old, so she might be able handle the mile and a quarter."

Your Out's chief competition in the Obeah could come from Lily's Affair and Unrestrained.

Lily's Affair finished 6 1/2 lengths behind Your Out when they met a month ago in the Summer King, but she rebounded to romp by five lengths in the 1 1/16-mile Nastique on June 1.

Unrestrained was good enough to finish second in last year's Monmouth Oaks at 1 1/8 miles, earning a 97 Beyer. In her first start off a layoff, Unrestrained earned an 88 Beyer when she finished second in the one-mile Monmouth Beach despite breaking badly. If she moves forward off the tightener, she will be tough.

The most difficult horse for handicappers to gauge is Steiners Baby Girl. She ran poorly in two graded stakes on turf, but prior to that was a 7 1/4-length winner on dirt at Delaware.