08/27/2002 11:00PM

Your Out tries to show she's for real


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Fast young horses come and go in a flash, winning short sprints early in their careers, then fading into the dustbin of racing history. Your Out is a completely different story.

A speedy, precocious 2-year-old who won a 5 1/2-furlong race to start her career, Your Out has reinvented herself as a closing distance specialist this year. In her last start she finished second, a neck behind divisional heavyweight Summer Colony in the Delaware Handicap, and another strong showing here Monday in the Grade 3 Arlington Matron could land Your Out a spot in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

"I guess you'd have to think about that," said Motion, who trains Your Out for her owner and breeder, Eugene Ford. "The big deal is if she can run back to her last race and prove it wasn't a fluke."

Your Out is one of several horses expected to ship here for the $150,000, nine-furlong Matron. Also expected are With Ability, impressive winner of the Sixty Sails at Sportsman's Park this spring; the Canadian-based Extend; and Softly, based in Kentucky with trainer Carl Nafzger. Two solid locals, Lakenheath and Miss Pickums, round out the prospective field.

Motion has a right to want confirmation of Your Out's Delaware Handicap performance, because until this summer there were questions not only about how far the filly wanted to race, but how good she was. During her first two seasons of racing Your Out was judiciously spotted in listed and statebred stakes races, compiling an excellent record while beating second- or third-tier stakes horses.

But late this spring, Your Out made some changes.

"This year she just adopted a new style," Motion said. "She started dropping way back and coming with a run like she did in the Delaware Handicap. I have to say she's surprised everybody."

Motion at first hoped to fly Your Out to Chicago, but logistical complications necessitated a van ride instead. The trip is long - 15 to 16 hours - but Motion said Your Out is "a sensible filly" who should travel well, and he pointed out that Mandy's Gold made the same ship in June before winning the Chicago Breeders' Cup here on opening weekend.

Lost at Sea heads east

One locally based filly unlikely to start in the Matron is the 3-year-old Lost at Sea, who is likely to fly to New York for the Gazelle Handicap at Belmont on Sept. 7. The Gazelle gives Lost at Sea a shot at a Grade 1 victory while allowing her to race in her own age group. She'll face formidable foes, however, because Take Charge Lady and Bella Belluci are expected to start in the Gazelle.

"She's improving a lot right now," trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said. "I don't know if it's a good idea yet or not, but it seems like a good idea to try a Grade 1."

Lost at Sea emerged from obscurity to upset See How She Runs in the Iowa Oaks, then proved that win was more than a fluke with an even more convincing score over the same filly here in the Grade 3 Singapore Plate.

It's Christmas Time

With Christmas Time, Hollendorfer has the likely favorite for Arlington's Saturday stakes, the $75,000 Top Flight for 2-year-old fillies. Christmas Time won her maiden in good fashion and followed with a win in the only 2-year-old filly allowance race held this meet.

"I've liked her since the day I first saw her at a 2-year-old in training sale," Hollendorfer said. "She's done what we asked her to do."

Christmas Time is one of only a handful of fillies pointing toward the Top Flight, a prep for the Arlington-Washington Lassie. Also expected to start are Golden Dayjur, Invader, Souris, and You Glitter Girl.