Calder's $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles drew an overflow field of 17, with 12 to start in Saturday's race.
Any one of several could end up a lukewarm favorite, including John McLane and Irvin Wiemer's Something Ventured with Rene Douglas aboard.
Todd Pletcher trains Something Ventured, a 4-year-old daughter of Cobra King that has been keeping the best of company this season, placing in five straight Graded stakes in New York and New Jersey. She finished fourth last out in the Athenia Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct on Nov. 8 as the favorite, beaten only a half-length for it all.
Robert S. Evans' 5-year-old mare New Economy finished a game fifth in the My Charmer last year, and will try again Saturday under jockey Rosemary Homeister, Jr. New Economy is a Kentucky homebred daughter of Red Ransom, trained by Graham Motion.
After the My Charmer last year, New Economy stretched out to capture the La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIT) in late December as a 22-to-1 longshot. After a summer vacation, New Economy returned to competition to finish third in the WinStar Galaxy Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland and checked in eighth last out in the E.P. Taylor (Can-iT) at Woodbine on Œsoft‚ ground.
In with a solid chance among the Calder-based runners in the My Charmer are Santa Cruz Ranch's Stay Forever, to be ridden by Manoel Cruz, and Emerald Pasture Stable's 3-year-old filly Love Sting with Gary Bain in the saddle.
Stay Forever is making another comeback after being sidelined since early March with recurring quarter cracks. The 6-year-old homebred daughter of Stack missed 20 months early in her career with a tendon injury.
However, when trainer Marty Wolfson has Stay Forever going good, the stretch-running chestnut is very effective and has won six of just nine career starts. Her most productive run came last year when she won four straight off the long layoff and early this year when she won the $350,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf at Gulfstream.
Love Sting is a daughter of Lit de Justice and has won three straight, giving trainer Jennifer Hayford her first career stakes victory winning the Calder Oaks last out on Oct. 11 at 18-to-1.
Completing the body of the field for the 21st My Charmer are Ivanavinalot (supplementary), Sierra Lady (entry mate with Stay Forever), Light Dancer, Lost Appeal, Ms Brookski, Hermans Honor, Carib Lady and Diadella. Sitting on the also-eligible list are Dame Sylvieguilhem, Pillow Talk, Tasso Run, Victory Snit and Shouldn‚t We All.