11/17/2009 12:00AM

Both Clement fillies are turf contenders


After a weekend washout, three turf races are scheduled Wednesday at Aqueduct, highlighted by the Flitalong, a $65,000 overnight stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

The Flitalong drew 10 turf-meant 3-year-old fillies, and whether horseplayers are looking for a trip playback or someone in sharp form, they may land on a filly trained by Christophe Clement.

Clement will saddle the uncoupled pair of Denomination and Akilina, each of whom figures to attract solid support.

"Both fillies are doing very well," said Clement. "Denomination had nowhere to run last time, and Akilina has been getting better and better; her last race was very impressive."

Denomination began her 3-year-old campaign with back-to-back wins at Longchamp, including the Group 3 Prix Vanteaux, which she led from start to finish.

Following a close third in the Group 3 Prix Chloe in July, Denomination made her U.S. debut in the Beverly D. against older fillies and mares for Criquette Head-Maarek, and was in contention to midstretch before fading to sixth.

In her first start for Clement, Denomination was second choice in the Pebbles Stakes, but was boxed in along the rail through the stretch run under Ramon Dominguez.

Dominguez, whose New York win total for the year stands at 347 after a four-bagger on Sunday, has a return call on Denomination, who drew the outside post.

Akilina, a New York-bred, has won three of her last four starts since she returned from a freshening, including recent decisions over Our Golden Dream and Whisked Away, who are both back for a rematch.

While Denomination won on soft turf in France as a 2-year-old, and Akilina handled good turf winning an overnight stakes across town, Clement said he "wouldn't like to see it too soft" for either filly.

Dynaslew and Whisked Away, uncoupled for Bill Mott, drew advantageously inside and loom strong contenders.

Dynaslew improved with blinkers added at Saratoga, including an allowance win on soft turf. She was a close fifth in the Pebbles despite a wide trip last out.

Whisked Away, who has won both times she was able to grab the early lead, is the controlling speed.

West Ocean, lightly raced and improving, is up in class and distance after winning maiden and allowance turf sprints for Todd Pletcher.