11/22/2005 12:00AM

Plenty of stars on Grand Slam I list

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Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Sand Springs is one of two horses exiting the Breeders' Cup Mile eligible for Grand Slam I.

MIAMI - Nominations have been released for Grand Slam I, the first of three multiple-stakes cards during the final five weeks of the Calder meet. If the nominations lists are any indication, the four stakes on the Dec. 3 card figure to produce some outstanding racing.

Grand Slam I features the Grade 3 My Charmer and Tropical Turf handicaps, along with the What a Pleasure and Three Ring stakes for 2-year-olds. All four races carry a purse of $100,000.

Among trainers with horses nominated to one or more of the Grand Slam I events are Christophe Clement, Todd Pletcher, Bill Mott, Shug McGaughey, Richard Dutrow Jr., Graham Motion, Dallas Stewart, Richard Mandella, Chuck Simon, Jim Cassidy, and Eoin Harty.

Among the leading contenders for the 1 1/8-mile My Charmer is Sand Springs, who most recently finished 11th against males in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

The race also lured a nomination for Ticker Tape, winner of the Grade 1 QE II Challenge Cup last year at 3.

Pletcher, who won the 2004 My Charmer with Something Ventured, will look to to defend that title with Path of Thunder, a restricted stakes winner in New York earlier this year who has registered a win and a second in two starts over the local course.

Pletcher could also bring defending champ Host back in the Tropical Turf. The Chilean-bred Host also exits the Breeders' Cup Mile, in which he finished seventh but was beaten just three lengths despite repeated trouble during the course of the race. The 5-year-old Host captured the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile in his previous start.

Host outgamed Silver Tree by a neck to win last year's Tropical Turf and the pair could meet again next weekend with Silver Tree among the 29 nominees to the race.

Pletcher has three 2-year-olds nominated to the 1 1/16-mile What a Pleasure, although it is the locally based Electrify, undefeated in three starts, who may draw the most attention if he runs. Electrify, a Padua Stables homebred, is coming off an easy win in the Jack Price Juvenile Stakes on Florida Million Day.

The What a Pleasure also lured a nomination from Dutrow for his Carson City gelding Liquoreux, who is unbeaten and untested in two starts.

Love Locket is the most accomplished of the three Pletcher nominees to the 1 1/16-mile Three Ring. A daughter of Thunder Gulch, Love Locket has captured her last three starts, including a pair of stakes at Delaware Park. She would likely be favored if she starts in a field that may include locals Stolen Prayer, Tazaliya, Mia's Reflections, and Bereba.

B. B. Best needs help to get into stakes

Saturday's feature, the $40,000 Pass the Line Stakes on turf, drew a full field of 12, stet with B. B. Best, who is the lone horse on the also-eligible list. The lineup is headed by Saint Stephen and also includes Northern invaders Pulpit Talk and Ricardo A. The locally based horses are led by Keep Cool, Hear No Evil, and Cervelo.

B. B. Best has never started on turf and is coming off a sixth-place finish as the 2-1 favorite in the Carl G. Rose Classic.

More races on each program

Except for a nine-race card on Dec. 1, all programs here during the remainder of the meet will have no fewer than 10 live races. The 2005-2006 Tropical meet ends on Jan. 2. There will be 10 races daily on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 11 on Sundays, and 12 on Saturdays through Dec. 16. The final 15 cards of the meet will consist of 12 races daily. Post time will remain 12:25 p.m. Eastern except for Thursday's 11-race Thanksgiving Day card, which begins at noon.