11/20/2007 12:00AM

Grand Slam nominations a mixed bag

EmailMIAMI - Nominations were released earlier this week for the four $100,000 stakes that make up the Grand Slam I card on Dec. 1. And while the My Charmer and Tropical Turf handicaps attracted many horses, as expected, there was surprisingly little interest in the two juvenile races, the What a Pleasure and Three Ring stakes.

The Grade 3 Tropical Park Turf snagged 31 nominees. Leading them are defending champ Ballast, from the barn of trainer Graham Motion; Host, who ran fifth in the Breeders' Cup Mile; Fishy Advice, who comes off a length triumph in the Grade 3 Knickerbocker Handicap; and Grade 3 winners Giant Wrecker and Go Between.

The My Charmer was nearly as popular, with 27 fillies and mares made eligible, including Naissance Royale and Meribel, first and third, respectively, for trainer Christophe Clement in the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap at Santa Anita earlier this month. Bobby Frankel, who won the 2006 My Charmer with Amorama, nominated Sky High Flyer.

In contrast to the two grass stakes, the Three Ring attracted just nine 2-year-old fillies, and only a dozen juvenile colts were nominated for the What a Pleasure. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Among the fillies who might well end up running in the Three Ring are the undefeated Indy's Alexandra and Spritely, both of whom are 2 for 2 but untested in stakes company.

Trainer Nick Zito, whose War Pass ranks atop the nation's 2-year-old male division, nominated three horses to the What a Pleasure - none of whom has yet faced stakes competition. The local contingent is headed by recent stakes winner Dynhocracy and trainer Kathleen O'Connell's promising threesome of Cigar Man, Check It Twice, and Sir Dave.

Multiple accidents make for a dark day

Sunday was a tough day at Calder as three horses had to be humanely destroyed and two riders were taken to the hospital with severe injuries.

Jockeys Chris DeCarlo and Roimes Chirinos both suffered fractured collarbones in a spill that began when Wild Blonde, with DeCarlo aboard, went down suddenly approaching the three-eighths pole on the turf course during the seventh race. Both Talented Princess and Chirinos - along with The Real Future and Pedro Monterrey Jr. - fell when unable to avoid the stricken Wild Blonde although Monterrey Jr. escaped without injury.

Wild Blonde was euthanized on the track, while Talented Princess and The Real Future ran off and appeared none the worse for wear following the incident.

Tragedy struck again before and during the running of Sunday's feature, the $35,000 Stormy Frolic Stakes. Post Invader, who was scheduled to make her first start since February, had to be euthanized after flipping in the paddock. Several minutes later, Dantrelle Light broke down while in front in the race and seemingly on the way to victory in deep stretch.

Suaveness took advantage of Dantrelle Light's misfortune, rallying to victory over Casa Mimaty in the Stormy Frolic.

Saviano looks to go 5 for 6

Thursday's 10-race Thanksgiving Day program will be highlighted by the ninth race, a second-level optional claiming and allowance dash at six furlongs, which offers a $24,500 purse. Saviano, a winner of 4 of his last 5 starts, will likely be favored in a field that includes Without a Doubt and No More Masters.

Thursday's card, which begins at 11 a.m., also features the return of the promising 2-year-old Golden Spikes.

An impressive debut winner in July, Golden Spikes will make his second start against five rivals in the eighth race at 5 1/2 furlongs under entry-level allowance conditions. Golden Spikes, a son of Seeking the Gold, is owned in part by the New York Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca.