I think that the AKC has sorely missed the point in not allowing altered dogs from being shown. Lord only knows, there are many dogs out there that are 'show qualilty' but are altered. They could have their own classes.
In any event, if you are really gung ho on this, then I'd go ahead. I will tell you that unless you have a breeder 'mentoring' you, you'd be hard pressed to place in a owner handled class. Good luck