Denomination Heads Field for My Charmer
by Jack Shinar
Date Posted: 11/19/2011 7:04:27 PM
Last Updated: 11/25/2011 11:34:04 AM

Denomination seeks her fourth grade III victory of the season in the My Charmer at Calder.
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Denomination, coming off back-to-back graded stakes wins, carries top weight of 123 pounds in the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT), the Thanksgiving Day features on the turf at Calder Casino and Race Course Nov. 24.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Denomination makes her debut at Calder while seeking her fourth grade III victory of the season for owner Ghislaine Head. The 5-year-old daughter of Smart Strike   won the Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Monmouth Park turf May 30 by a nose. She returned Oct. 15 with a 2 3/4-length triumph in the Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT) over yielding sod at Belmont Park.

Kentucky-bred Denomination has won seven of 22 lifetime starts with earnings of $489,301.

There are seven filly and mare rivals for Denomination in the 1 1/8-mile My Charmer. The race is the sixth on the Calder program with a 1:32 p.m. EST post.

Peter Fuller's Trip for A. J., a winner of four of 12 starts in 2011, leads the field in earnings with $568,608. Trained by Milt Wolfson, the 4-year-old daughter of Trippi   has won seven of 17 lifetime races at Calder. She is coming of a runner-up finish in an off-the-turf overnight stakes over the track Oct. 22.

Barbara Hunter’s 4-year-old Kentucky homebred filly Snow Top Mountain seeks her first graded stakes win in six tries for trainer Tom Proctor, including a close-up second in the Garden City Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park in 2010.

“It certainly would be important to her (value) to win a graded stakes," Proctor said of Snow Top Mountain, who drew the rail. "She’s run so many good races."

A roan/gray daughter of Najran, Snow Top Mountain finished a game third, beaten a head, in an off-the-turf allowance at Keeneland Oct. 26. She will wear blinkers in the My Charmer.

Irish-bred Oregon Lady ships from Woodbine for trainer Roger Attfield and Harlequin Ranches off a 4 1/4-length tally in the one-mile River Memories Stakes over a soft course Oct. 29. A 4-year-old daughter of Shamardal, Oregon Lady has won three of six starts this year and will be making her first appearance at Calder.

$100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT, Race 6, 1:32 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Snow Top Mountain (KY), M Guidry, 118, T F Proctor
2. Grecian Maiden (KY), E Trujillo, 116, M J Trombetta
3. Trip for A. J. (FL),  A Fuller, 119, M W Wolfson
4. Denomination (KY), J Bravo, 123, C Clement
5. Callmethesqueeze (FL), J Sanchez, 116, M J Azpurua
6. Tesoro de Amor (KY), J C Leyva, 114, W A Kaplan
7. Oregon Lady (IRE), P Lopez, 118, R L Attfield
8. Performing (FL), F Jara, 115, A Sano
Blinkers On: Snow Top Mountain



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