12/02/2003 12:00AM

O'Connell eager to find a race for Ivanavinalot


MIAMI - Ivanavinalot is not among the 26 fillies and mares nominated to Saturday's $100,000 My Charmer Handicap at Calder. But she could still show up in the entries for the 1 1/8-mile turf race, according to trainer Kathleen O'Connell.

"I am considering supplementing her to the My Charmer and running her against older horses," O'Connell said. "She needs to run and I need to find out if she wants to be a racehorse any more."

Ivanavinalot, last year's local 2-year-old champion, has gone off form since winning the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss Stakes last winter at Gulfstream Park. In her four starts since then, she has been beaten 28 lengths after an eventful beginning in the Grade 1 Ashland, 14 3/4 lengths over a soggy racetrack in the Black-Eyed Susan, 13 lengths as the 1-2 favorite here in the Office Queen Stakes, and was eased across the wire, 35 lengths behind the winner, returning from a 4 1/2-month vacation in the Snazzle Dazzle Stakes on Nov. 8.

"She came out of her last race just fine," said O'Connell. "I'm not sure why Gary [Boulanger] eased her up."

O'Connell's intention was to run Ivanavinalot in the London Lil, an overnight stakes restricted to 3-year-olds, last Sunday. But the London Lil was written under allowance conditions with high weights preferred, and because she had not won a race since March, Ivanavinalot was weighted out of the race, according to O'Connell.

"I about died when I couldn't get her in. Imagine having a multiple stakes and Grade 2 winner and she couldn't get into an overnight race," said O'Connell, who has been eager to try Ivanavinalot on the turf since she returned from her summer freshening. "I could wait for the Frances Genter [Dec. 20] later this month but there's a chance she might not get into that one either and she really needs to do something now."

Aeneas likely for Hooper

Aeneas has returned from Churchill Downs, where he finished a solid third over a sloppy track in last Friday's Grade 2 Clark Handicap, and could be headed for a showdown with local division leaders Best of the Rest and The Judge Sez Who in the Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper Handicap on Dec. 27.

"I thought he ran a great race in Kentucky," said Marty Wolfson, who trains Aeneas for owner-breeders Patricia and Edward Pavlish. "He's not really that fond of a wet track and he lost an awful lot of ground when making his move around the final turn."

Aeneas finished 3 1/4 lengths behind Quest and Evening Attire in the Clark. It marked the fifth time in his last six starts Aeneas has been stakes-placed in a Grade 2 or Grade 3 race. His only poor effort during that span came over a sloppy track in the Grade 1 Pimlico Special.

"Right now our main goal with him is the Donn Handicap this winter at Gulfstream," said Wolfson. "I'd like to run him back against Funny Cide opening day at Gulfstream in the Hal's Hope, but that race is at a mile and one-sixteenth and the Hooper at a mile and one-eighth really suits him better, so that's the most likely option at the moment."

Silver Wagon works easy mile

Silver Wagon worked an easy mile in 1:46.80 here Monday as he moves closer to a possible return in the $100,000 What a Pleasure Stakes on Dec. 13.

"He needed that work. He really got tired at the end," said trainer Ralph Ziadie. "He definitely needs another sharp work and then I'll make a decision about whether to run him or not in the What a Pleasure."

Silver Wagon is one of 14 2-year-olds nominated to the 1 1/16-mile What a Pleasure - a race Ziadie won a year ago with Trust N Luck. Among the other prominent 2-year-olds eligible for the race are Second of June, impressive winner of a one-mile allowance race earlier this month, and Stolen Time, third behind Sir Oscar and Wynn Dot Comma in the Jack Price Juvenile.

The What a Pleasure is one of four $100,000 stakes to be decided on the Dec. 13 Grand Slam I card. The others are the Three Ring for 2-year-old fillies and the seven-furlong Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap and its filly counterpart, the seven-furlong, Grade 3 Chaposa Springs Handicap.

* Brant Allen has been appointed to the new position of director of product development at Calder. His duties will include designing projects to generate greater wagering on the Calder product, as well as creating new promotions for the Twin Spires Club.