12/28/2007 12:00AM

Eclisse seeking first win in U.S.

EmailMIAMI - Trainer Marty Wolfson has a powerful arsenal under his shed, including an ever-growing number of horses for owner Edmund Gann. That group includes Eclisse, a French-bred 3-year-old filly who will make her local debut in Sunday's $50,000 Lemhi Go Stakes.

Eclisse won 2 of 4 starts in France at 2, but has not finished better than fourth in four tries since shipping to the United States for her 3-year-old campaign. The daughter of Ski Chief will race coupled in the 7o1/2-furlong Lemhi Go with Shapira, who also is owned by Gann but trained by Bill Mott. Shapira won an overnight stakes in her New York finale but could do no better than ninth when making her south Florida bow in the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap here Dec. 1.

A full field of 10, plus four also-eligibles, was entered for the Lemhi Go, including longtime local favorite Formal Miss, who can go over $500,000 in career earnings if she finishes third or better Sunday.

Can't Beat It back with Clement

A year ago this weekend, Can't Beat It capped off his outstanding 3-year-old campaign with a decisive two-length triumph in Calder's Pete Axthelm Stakes. The victory was the fourth of the season for Can't Beat It, who also won the Grade 3 Calder Derby and was second in Arlington Park's Grade 2 American Derby in 2006.

Because of two medication violations, Can't Beat It originally lost the purse for the American Derby, and his trainer, Wolfson, was handed a pair of fines and suspensions by the Illinois Racing Board. Both suspensions and one of the fines were eventually overturned on appeal, and Can't Beat It was given his just due when the Illinois board reinstated him as the official second-place finisher.

Otherwise, things have not gone very well for Can't Beat It since the Axthelm. The son of Atticus finished off the board in his first three starts this year and has not raced since checking home seventh in the Gradeo2 Dixie at Laurel on May 19. Can't Beat It briefly wound up in New York last summer with trainer Christophe Clement before returning to owner-breeder Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation farm, where he remained until being sent back to Clement earlier this month at Payson Park.

"I had him in New York for about four or five weeks last summer and worked him three times," Clement said. "The third time, he worked extremely well but he was not doing well coming out of the work, so I just sent him home. He had his first work since coming back here earlier this week at Payson and so far he's doing nicely, although he's not on top of a race at the moment."

* Calder and Gulfstream will both draw cards Sunday. Calder will draw for Wednesday's final card of the 2007-08 Tropical meet, while Gulfstream will draw for Thursday's 2008 meet opener.