11/29/2007 12:00AM

Reunion for two turf fillies

EmailMIAMI - The last time Bayou's Lassie and J'ray met they put on quite a show, Bayou's Lassie withstanding a frantic final surge from J'ray to post a head decision in the 2006 Frances Genter Stakes. Nearly a year has passed since that first encounter between the two talented fillies, who will square off again over the same Calder turf course in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 My Charmer Handicap.

Also on Saturday's Grand Slam I card are three other $100,000 stakes: the Grade 3 Tropical Turf, the Three Ring, and the What a Pleasure.

J'ray will carry high weight of 120 pounds, four more than Bayou's Lassie, in the 1 1/8-mile My Charmer. The two raced at equal weights in their previous meeting.

Bayou's Lassie capped off an extremely successful 3-year-old campaign with her game victory in the Genter. The win was the sixth in eight starts on the season for Bayou's Lassie, who suffered one of her losses when beaten a length by the older Amorama in the 2006 My Charmer.

Bayou's Lassie has made just three starts in 2007, the last two since being transferred to trainer Christophe Clement's barn during the summer. In her most recent try, Bayou's Lassie switched to the main track and was beaten a half-length by Annabill in the Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap.

Clement will be seeking his third My Charmer victory, having won the race in 1995 with Danish and again two years ago with Snowdrops.

J'ray has tailed off a bit after posting back-to-back stakes victories this past winter at Fair Grounds for trainer Todd Pletcher. A New York bred daughter of Distant View, J'ray has lost her last three outings, each as the favorite, including a fourth-place finish in the restricted Ticonderoga Handicap over soft turf at Belmont Park on Oct. 20.

La Dolce Vita returns to Calder for the first time since winning the Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup Stakes over the turf in April. The win was one of two on the year for the stretch-running La Dolce Vita, who is trained by Mark Hennig.

Fantastic Shirl, Beautiful Danielle, and Redaspen, all stakes winners on grass in 2007, have also shipped in for the My Charmer, while Annabill and Cozzi Capital give the local contingent a strong hand.

Small fields for juvenile stakes

Both 2-year-old races on Saturday's Grand Slam card, the $100,000 What a Pleasure and $100,000 Three Ring Stakes, came up very light at the entry box.

The What a Pleasure drew only five 2-year-old colts and geldings, led by trainer Nick Zito's promising Coal Play, an impressive maiden winner going a mile in his New York finale. Coal Play, a son of Mineshaft, will get tested for class and also stretches out around two turns for the first time.

Stakes winners Dynhocracy and Honey Honey Honey return to the main track after finishing first and 10th making their grass debuts in the Appleton Juvenile Turf three weeks ago. Victory Cafe and Check It Twice, impressive two-turn allowance winners here in their last start, round out the lineup.

The Three Ring, which like the What a Pleasure goes at 1 1/16 miles, lured only six 2-year-old fillies. The field includes three-time stakes winner Silk Ridge, her recent nemesis Calico Bay, and the undefeated and extremely promising Indy's Alexandra.

Silk Ridge was the local division leader after posting consecutive victories in the Desert Vixen, Susan's Girl, and Brave Raj stakes, but may be tailing off a bit after finishing third behind Calico Bay in the My Dear Girl Stakes and third in the Joe O'Farrell Juvenile.

Calico Bay overcame a slow start to post a convincing four-length decision in the My Dear Girl, but could not sustain a similar run when fourth after racing rankly during the early stages of the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Indy's Alexandra overcame a poor start to capture her career debut by two lengths before exploding to a 13-length entry-level allowance win four weeks later. Trained by Marty Wolfson, Indy's Alexandra could stand some catching if able to sprint clear from her inside post.