11/22/2006 12:00AM

Grand Slam looking good


MIAMI - If the nomination lists for the four stakes on the Dec. 1 Grand Slam I card are any indication, the final five weeks of the 2006-07 Tropical at Calder meeting should be good ones.

Grand Slam I consist of four stakes worth $100,000 apiece, including the Grade 3 Tropical Turf and Grade 3 My Charmer handicaps on the grass. Two-year-olds get their chance to earn big paydays in the What a Pleasure and Three Ring stakes.

Among the 21 grass specialists nominated to the 1 1/8-mile Tropical Turf is the locally based Can't Beat It, who comes off an impressive 3 1/2-length victory in the Grade 3 Calder Derby on Oct. 14. Can't Beat It worked four furlongs in 49.60 seconds over the main track here Tuesday morning.

Grade 1 winners Gun Salute and Relaxed Gesture are among the other leading nominees for the Tropical Turf, along with Drum Major and Callast.

Gun Salute is one of two horses trainer Bill Mott made eligible for the Tropical Turf. the other is Classic Campaign, a winner of his last two starts. Gun Salute has not started since finishing third as the favorite in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap in late February.

Trainer Christophe Clement also nominated two members of his potent stable to the race - Group 3 stakes-placed Islero Noir and Relaxed Gesture, who is coming off a disappointing outing in the Grade 1 Canadian International.

Drum Major captured Aqueduct's Grade 3 Knickerbocker Handicap earlier this month. He won the Pete Axthelm Stakes over the Calder course last December.

Clement has four for the My Charmer, for fillies and mares, including Naissance Royale, the third-place finisher in the Gradeo1 E. P. Taylor at Woodbine in October.

Trainer Bobby Frankel nominated three to the My Charmer: Amorama, Coasting, and Dream Lady.

The local contingent will be led by the once-beaten Bayou's Lassie and Formal Miss.

Nobiz Like Shobiz, one of the top 2-year-olds in the country, is among the 17 juveniles eligible for the 1 1/16-mile What a Pleasure, although he is not expected to start. Green Vegas, who has captured a pair of stakes in as many starts around two turns, is tops among the locals in the What a Pleasure.

Adhrhythm, seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, is one of 15 2-year-old fillies nominated for the Three Ring. Adhrhythm is trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., who also trained Three Ring.

Missile Motor looks to stay unbeaten

The undefeated Missile Motor may be favored against five locals entered for Friday's $28,500 feature, to be decided at seven furlongs under third-level optional claiming and allowance conditions.

Missile Motor is perfect after five starts. A 3-year-old son of Golden Missile, he was claimed by trainer Bill Croll for $25,000 at Monmouth Park on Aug. 13 and has since won three straight, including a second-level allowance race around two turns at the Meadowlands on Oct. 6.

Missile Motor will face his toughest test yet, going in a group that includes Lucky Frolic and Blazing Rate.

Lucky Frolic finished second behind Gin Rummy King over a sloppy track earlier this month. Gin Rummy King came back after that race to win an overnight stakes here last weekend. Lucky Frolic earned a career best 99 Beyer Speed Figure in winning a second-level allowance race in September.

Blazing Rate, among the top 2-year-olds in this area last season, remains winless in seven starts in 2006 but did finish third behind Too Much Bling in the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes earlier this summer.

Joey Blueeyes looks right in wrong way

The $45,000 King George's Wrong Way Starter Stakes, the most anticipated of the five stakes races on Saturday's Extreme Day II program, drew nine horses, including one also-eligible. The King George will go 1 3/8 miles clockwise on the turf.

Joey Blueeyes, who finished second in the King George's Wrong Way I Stakes, contested in the normal counter-clockwise direction over a sloppy main track in July, will be favored in a lineup that also includes Bogangles, Mean Kisser, and the 5-year-old mare Miss Bradford Co.

Ashkal Way to winter in Florida

Godolphin Racing will have horses in Florida at Payson Park this winter, rather than send all of of its United States-based horses to Dubai. Included in Godolphin's Florida string will be Ashkal Way, the winner of the Bernard Baruch Handicap and Kelso Handicap in his last two starts.

"We'll have about a dozen in the general population, like Ashkal Way and Afrashad," said Rick Mettee, who is the East Coast-based assistant to Godolphin's trainer, Saeed bin Suroor. "Most of them will just be freshened for the spring at Belmont, but we should run some, too."

- additional reporting by Jay Privman