11/30/2004 1:00AM

Grand Slam I attracts Silver Tree and Host


MIAMI - The Gulfstream Park meeting, which annually showcases talent from many of the most prominent stables in the country, doesn't open until Jan. 3. But you wouldn't know it from the entries for Saturday's Grand Slam I program at Calder.

Grand Slam I features entrants from trainers Todd Pletcher, Shug McGaughey, Christophe Clement, Bill Mott, Michael Matz, Graham Motion, Anthony Reinstedler, Barclay Tagg, and several other prominent New York- or Midwest-based stables.

Among the horses entered in the four stakes races on Saturday's card, all valued at $100,000, are Silver Tree, Host, and Mogador in the Grade 3 Tropical Park Turf; Snowdrops, Changing World, and Something Ventured in the Grade 3 My Charmer; the undefeated Smuggler and local sensation Aclassysassylassy in the Three Ring Stakes; and D'Court's Speed and Cowdin runner-up Better Than Bonds in the What a Pleasure.

The marquee name on the program may be Silver Tree, coming off his fifth-place finish for Mott in the Breeders' Cup Mile. Silver Tree's most important victory this year came in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap when he defeated Nothing to Lose. He also finished third in Keeneland's Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile.

Host appears to finally be rounding back to the form that made him a champion in his native Chile at 3. Trained by Pletcher, Host defeated Evening Attire by 1 1/2 lengths to win the Grade 3 Knickerbocker Handicap in his last start and will share high weight at 118 pounds with Silver Tree in the 1 1/8-mile Tropical Turf.

Mogador has yet to run a bad race and will attempt to give Clement his second Tropical Turf victory. Mogador has won four times and has yet to finish off the board in nine career outings.

Among the other key contenders shipping to town for the Tropical Turf are In Hand and Private Scandal. The local contingent is a good one and includes Twilight Road, Bob's Proud Moment, and Final Prophecy.

The field for this year's My Charmer may be the deepest in the 22-year history of the event.

Changing World is one of two fillies that trainer Barclay Tagg will start in the My Charmer, along with Right This Way. Both are coming off stakes victories. Changing World upset the Grade 3 Violet Handicap at The Meadowlands in her last start, while Right This Way captured the restricted Soaring Softly Stakes at Aqueduct.

Clement will send out Snowdrops, a multiple stakes winner who opened the season on a three-race win streak. She was a beaten favorite when fourth in the Grade 3 Athenia Handicap in her last start.

Something Ventured finished second behind New Economy as the 2-1 favorite in the 2003 My Charmer. She is winless in nine tries this season, including an eventful trip in the Athenia.

Alchemist was beaten a neck by Changing World under allowance conditions this summer at Saratoga and finished a wide-running fifth behind local turf star Stay Forever in the Grade 2 WinStar Galaxy on Oct. 10.

Local division leader Formal Miss has the home-court advantage and brings a three-race win streak into the My Charmer.

Aclassysassylassy has won 5 of 6 starts by margins ranging from 2 1/2 to 12 1/2 lengths, and has dominated the local 2-year-old filly division. But she should get tested by McGaughey's regally bred Smuggler in the 1 1/16-mile Three Ring.

Smuggler, a daughter of Unbridled and Inside Information, has been impressive winning each of her first two starts, including an entry-level allowance race going 1 1/8 miles that she won by 4 1/4 lengths on Nov. 11.

Better Than Bonds was beaten less than a length by Flamenco in the Cowdin Stakes, and as a result may be favored over D'Court's Speed in the 1 1/16-mile What a Pleasure. Better Than Bonds was flattered when Flamenco shipped here to dominate the Jack Price Juvenile three weeks ago.

D'Court's Speed has not started since finishing second behind stablemate and odds-on favorite Cin Cin in the Foolish Pleasure Stakes on Oct. 2.

Dynever scratches, but not ailing

Clement shocked everyone here when he entered Dynever for last Sunday's $40,000 Mel's Hope Stakes. He provided a second shock wave several hours before the race by scratching Dynever from the overnight stakes.

"He's doing fine, there's nothing wrong with him," Clement said. "The reason we came out was because there was no pace in the race after the 4 horse, Demeteor, scratched earlier that morning. I discussed it with the owners and we felt it was the prudent thing to do."

Clement said he is considering several alternatives for Dynever's next start but would not confirm anything. The $200,000 W.L. McKnight at 1 1/2 miles on the turf and the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on the main course are the only two stakes races longer than a mile for older horses remaining on the schedule during the current meet. Both the McKnight and Hooper will be decided on Dec. 18.