11/28/2003 12:00AM

Tropical Turf list looks solid


MIAMI - Del Mar Show, Better Talk Now, Freefourinternet and the locally based French Charmer are the leading candidates among the 23 horses nominated for the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap on Dec. 6.

The well-traveled Del Mar Show is coming off a second-place finish behind Better Talk Now in the Grade 2 Knickerbocker Handicap and will be seeking his first victory since defeating allowance company at Keeneland in his 2003 debut.

Better Talk Now left south Florida a three-other-than allowance winner at Gulfstream Park and returns a two-time stakes winner following his victory over Del Mar Show in the Knickerbocker.

Freefourinternet comes off a sixth-place finish behind Six Perfections in the Breeders' Cup Mile. He won the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap in his previous start.

French Charmer moved to the head of the local turf division when he returned home last month and won the Flying Pidgeon Handicap. It was his fourth straight victory, a string that began April 10 at Gulfstream.

Among the other prominent names nominated to the 1 1/16-mile Tropical Turf are Millennium Dragon, who was a close third in the Knickerbocker, the New York-bred stakes winner Irish Colonial, Political Attack, and Proud Man. The local contingent includes Last Stand, Mr. Livingston, Drink a Toast, and Just Listen.

Clement has four My Charmer fillies

Trainer Christophe Clement has nominated four fillies to the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap on Dec. 6, led by Sixty Seconds, who has won both her U.S. starts, including the Grade 3 Glen Falls Handicap at Saratoga. Clement's other nominees are Campsie Fells, Love n' Kiss S, and Madeira Mist.

Other notable invaders eligible for the My Charmer include Something Ventured, New Economy, and Carib Lady.

The locally based horses are led by Stay Forever, who is expected to make her first start since finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Suwanee River Handicap on March 2. Stay Forever has won 6 of 9 career starts, including the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf in her 2003 debut. A 6-year-old mare, Stay Forever has been injury- plagued throughout her career and has battled a series of quarter cracks since the Suwanee River.

The much-improved Love Sting, upset winner of the Calder Oaks, and the late- striding Lost Appeal, who finished second to French Charmer in the Flying Pidgeon, are also likely to start.

The Judge Sez Who preps for Hooper

The Judge Sez Who worked a mile in 1:46 here Friday and will likely make his next start in the Grade 3 Fred Hooper Handicap on Dec. 27. A multiple graded stakes winner, The Judge Sez Who was sidelined for much of the summer and fall after undergoing knee surgery for the second time in his career. He returned a bit earlier than expected to finish a solid third behind Best of the Rest in the Carl G. Rose Classic on Nov. 12.