11/13/2008 12:00AM

No surprise Clement has the favorite


MIAMI – Seeing entries from the barns of trainers Christophe Clement and Jonathan Sheppard in Saturday’s $55,000 Copana Stakes at Calder can mean only one thing. Winter cannot be far behind.

Clement has been a dominant force throughout the decade in turf stakes during the Tropical at Calder session. He will send out likely favorite All Is Vanity in the 7 1/2-furlong Copano, while Sheppard pins his hopes on likely outsider Just Hoping in the filly and mare overnight event on turf, which lured 14 including two also-eligibles.

All Is Vanity is no stranger to south Florida, having launched her U.S. career with an allowance victory last winter at Gulfstream Park. The 4-year-old Irish bred has since won a restricted stakes at Belmont Park, and she comes off a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Violet on Oct. 17 at the Meadowlands.

Just Hoping, a Pennsylvania-bred, finished second and third earlier this season in a couple of statebred races at Philadelphia Park and Presque Isle Downs but is winless since capturing an entry-level allowance over a sloppy main track at Delaware Park in late May. Rosemary Homeister Jr., a longtime south Florida favorite, has been named to ride.

The local contingent will be led by a trio of fillies and mares from the barn of the red-hot Marty Wolfson: the recent arrivals Jeux de Danse and Stormin Mon, and Slewfoundmoney.

Jeux de Danse looks like the strongest of the trio if the race stays on the grass, coming off a 1 3/4-length optional claiming win here earlier this month. The victory was the second in as many starts over the local course for the 5-year-old, who was claimed for $50,000 at Belmont Park on Sept. 19.

Stormin Mon finished second over the main track in her local bow, and first start for Wolfson, on Oct. 26. She is winless in four starts on grass, although proved competitive in a couple of Grade 3 turf stakes this spring in California.

Slewfoundmoney will likely run only if the Copano comes off the turf. She won a pair of overnight stakes in convincing fashion over the main track here earlier this fall.

Cozzi Capital, winner of the 2007 Calder Oaks, returns home after making her last five starts in New Jersey. Cozzi Capital won a division of Monmouth Park’s Revidere Stakes on Sept. 14, was third behind J’ray in the Grade 3 Matchmaker there earlier this summer, and finished just a length behind All Is Vanity in fifth in the Violet.