12/29/2005 1:00AM

More Than Promised strives for 5

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Jim Linscott
Dream On Dream On, a three-time stakes winner at Calder this year, brings speed to the Axthelm.

MIAMI - The last time trainer Steve Asmussen brought More Than Promised to Calder he left with a bad taste in his mouth after his filly was disqualified from an apparent victory in the Georgia Oaks on May 6. More Than Promised will return to Calder for the first time since that controversial decision, riding the crest of a four-race win streak and as one of the choices in a wide-open field of 12 3-year-old fillies in Saturday's $100,000 Frances Genter Stakes.

The Grade 3 Frances Genter and its male counterpart, the $100,000 Pete Axthelm Stakes, are part of Saturday's Grand Slam III card, along with the Grade 3, $100,000 Chaposa Springs Handicap and the $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap.

More Than Promised finished a neck in front of Wise Briana in the restricted Georgia Oaks, but was disqualified and placed second for bothering the runner-up in the run around the first turn.

"It was beyond belief what a horrible call that was," Asmussen said.

needed a couple of starts to completely bounce back from that setback, but once she did she became unbeatable, winning her last four starts, including two stakes at Louisiana Downs and one at Remington Park.

"She's just a great big filly who has matured as the year has gone on," said Asmussen, who trains More Than Promised for The Vinery Stables LLC. "She's definitely a much better filly now than when she was here during the spring. But this is also a much tougher and deeper field than she faced the last time she was here."

More Than Promised will break from post 10 under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan.

The stretch-running More Than Promised should have an honest pace to run at in the Frances Genter as several speed horses are in the lineup, including the likely favorite, Ready's Gal, the only graded stakes winner in the field.

won the Grade 3 Lake George Stakes this summer at Saratoga, but has been a major disappointment in her last two starts, finishing well up the track in both the Lake Placid and Pebbles Stakes.

Ready's Gal has worked steadily over the Palm Meadows turf course for trainer Todd Pletcher since her arrival in south Florida and will again be ridden by John Velazquez.

Like More Than Promised, is on a roll and is a stretch-runner who should benefit from an honest pace. Trained by David Muench, the versatile Tiger Belle has won 4 of her last 5 starts, including the Calder Oaks over a sloppy main track on Oct. 15. Mike Smith will replace regular rider Manoel Cruz, who is serving out a riding suspension.

Like the Frances Genter, the Pete Axthelm is extremely wide open. The key to this race likely is the potential for a speed duel between top contenders Dream On Dream On and Touched by Madness. Both Dream On Dream On and Touched by Madness are at their best when on the lead, and something may have to give if they hook up in an early battle - although Bill Kaplan, who trains Dream On Dream On, said his runner doesn't necessarily need to be in front.

"We'll be on the lead if they let us, but if somebody goes busting out of there we won't do that too," said Kaplan.

is already a three-time stakes winner at Calder this year. Touched by Madness won Monmouth Park's Jersey Derby and was disqualified from an apparent win in Delaware's Grade 3 Kent Breeders' Cup.

An early duel could help the chances of , who finished first and third in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes last month at Churchill Downs. Therecomesthetiger had a perfect trip and won by 1 3/4 lengths, earning a 100 Beyer Speed Figure in the Commonwealth, which was his fourth win in five starts. But he will break Saturday from the tough post 11. Drum Major is only slightly better drawn, breaking from post 10.