11/24/2011 3:18PM

Calder: Oregon Lady rallies to win My Charmer Handicap

Jim Lisa
Orgeon Lady scores a neck victory over Trip for A. J. in the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap at Calder.

MIAMI – Trainer Roger Attfield’s November roll with filly and mare turf horses continued Thanksgiving Day at Calder, where Orgeon Lady rallied to a neck victory over Trip for A. J. in the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap. Attfield was rewarded with his first Breeders’ Cup victory less than three weeks ago when Perfect Shirl upset the Filly and Mare Turf.

Oregon Lady, an Irish-bred daughter of Oregon Trail, rallied off a slow pace to outfinish a game Trip for A. J. in the final yards of the 1 1/8-mile My Charmer. Trip for A. J., ridden for the first time by owner Peter Fuller’s daughter, Abigail Fuller, recovered after bobbling at the start to slip inside the odds-on Denomination to move clear in early stretch, before proving no match for the winner. Snow Top Mountain rallied belatedly from last to finish another half-length further back in third.

Denomination was allowed to set slow fractions of 26.58 seconds, 53.11, and 1:17.47 for the opening six furlongs over a good course, but still weakened to finish fourth as the 3-5 favorite. Callmethesqueeze, Grecian Maiden, and Performing rounded out the complete order of finish.

Oregon Lady was ridden to victory by Paco Lopez and paid $7.80.

“Usually, you’d be concerned by soft ground, but in her case, I was rather pleased it came up that way,” said Attfield, who watched the race from Payson Park. “She’s handled it well before and did today. We’ll look for something at Gulfstream for her next.”

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