Updated on 09/16/2011 8:55AM

You's last hurrah till spring

You, who has won four Grade 1 races this year, runs in Saturday's La Brea. She has not raced since October, and will not run again until the spring.

ARCADIA, Calif. - With four major stakes wins from coast to coast in the last 11 months, You has been a star 3-year-old filly for trainer Bobby Frankel.

She will start as the strong favorite in Saturday's $200,000 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita, the final race of her remarkable season.

"She's had a hard year," Frankel said. "This is her last start until the spring."

Any money earned by You in the La Brea would move Frankel closer to surpassing trainer D. Wayne Lukas's 1988 record for single-season earnings by a trainer. Through Wednesday, Frankel was $282,930 shy of Lukas's mark of $17,842,358.

The conditions of the La Brea are ideal for You, who is owned by Edmund Gann. You has already proven her ability over the distance of the La Brea, seven furlongs, which Frankel feels is her best trip.

Back in July, You won the seven-furlong Test Stakes at Saratoga, overcoming a sustained challenge by Carson Hollow to win by a nose in a thrilling race.

But Frankel was more impressed with You's most recent start, when she finished second to Take Charge Lady in the 1 1/16-mile Spinster Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 6. In that race, You lost by 2 1/2 lengths after leading to early stretch.

There is no doubt that You was one of the top 3-year-old fillies this year. She has won 4 of 8 starts, with all the wins coming in Grade 1 stakes, from seven furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. And, with her ability to lead or stalk the pace, You gives jockey Patrick Valenzuela plenty of options in the La Brea, which has drawn 11 3-year-old fillies.

Valenzuela is riding You for the first time. Kent Desormeaux rode You in her last start, but he has the mount on longshot Ms Louisett in the La Brea. Jerry Bailey, You's regular rider for most of the year, is riding at Calder on Saturday.

You drew the rail and must beat such leading contenders as Habibti, a top 2-year-old in 2001 whose form has not been as strong at 3, and Bella Bellucci, a sprint stakes winner on this track last March.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is taking shots with two fillies - the unbeaten Lacie Girl and Lost at Sea, a stakes winner at Arlington Park in August.

Lacie Girl is making her first appearance in a major stakes, having won four consecutive starts in northern California, including the Star Ball Handicap over 1 1/16 miles at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 30.

Habibti was second in the Corona Handicap against older fillies and mares at Hollywood Park on Dec. 8, a race that may have revived her career.

A closer, Habibti won two major stakes at 2, but is winless in six starts this year. "I was thinking of retiring her, but she's showing some signs of life," trainer Bob Baffert said. "She went through a phase when she wasn't doing well."

Although Habibti was no match for Madame Pietra in the stretch of the Corona, losing by 2 1/2 lengths, Baffert was encouraged by the race.

"She should have won," Baffert said. "She lost it all at the break. I hope she doesn't bounce. She's not a good gate horse, but she can come running at the end."

Bella Bellucci has won three one-turn stakes in her career - the 2001 Astarita Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs at Belmont Park, the Santa Paula Stakes at the same distance here in March, and the one-mile Comely Stakes at Aqueduct in April.

Trained by Neil Drysdale, has made just five starts this year, the most recent of which was a third behind Imperial Gesture in the Gazelle Handicap at Belmont Park on Sept. 7.

Like Habibti, Bella Bellucci is a closer.

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