11/09/2002 12:00AM

Clark next for Evening Attire?


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Evening Attire, the Jockey Club Gold Cup winner and fourth-place finisher in the Breeders' Cup Classic, may make his next start in the $400,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29, trainer Pat Kelly said.

Evening Attire worked four furlongs in 48.02 seconds Saturday morning over Belmont Park's training track. It was his first breeze since the Classic.

"There's some talk of the Clark, very preliminary discussions at this point," said Kelly, noting that nominations to the race don't close until Saturday. "We're not ready for a vacation as this point. We might have been ready for one had he won the Breeders' Cup."

Kelly doesn't believe Evening Attire got a chance to show his true ability in the Breeders' Cup. Evening Attire is a closer, and Kelly believes Arlington's track was favoring speed horses.

Kelly said he was pleased with how Evening Attire worked Saturday, considering he wasn't looking for the horse to do much.

"He's jumping around here; he's feeling good," Kelly said. "He didn't have a very good shot out there the way the track was playing."

Harlan's Holiday may try Hollywood Derby

Harlan's Holiday worked four furlongs on turf in 52.25 seconds on Friday, and trainer Todd Pletcher said he is considering running the Florida Derby and Blue Grass winner in the $500,000, Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on turf on Dec. 1.

While the time wasn't eye-catching, Pletcher said jockey John Velazquez was pleased with the move, which was conducted around three sets of traffic cones known as dogs.

"Johnny felt like he got over the turf well," Pletcher said. "He was a little bit curious while he was out there looking at the cones."

Pletcher said Harlan's Holiday has some turf pedigree being out of the Affirmed mare Christmas in Aiken, who has thrown one turf winner.

Should he decide not to send Harlan's Holiday to California, Pletcher said the Grade 1 Cigar Mile here on dirt is a possibility. Harlan's Holiday is coming out of a ninth-place finish in the Classic.

Clement has three for Long Island

Trainer Christophe Clement said he is pointing three horses to Saturday's $150,000, Grade 2 Long Island Handicap, New York's last turf stakes of the year for fillies and mares.

Clement is planning to run Julie Jalouse, Moon Queen, and Mot Juste in the 1 1/2-mile race. Julie Jalouse, who won the Grade 2 Orchid Handicap at 1 1/2 miles in March, is coming off a third-level allowance win on Oct. 24 at Keeneland. She breezed four furlongs in 51.26 seconds on turf on Friday.

Moon Queen, who finished fifth as the 9-5 favorite in last year's Long Island, has not run since winning the Grade 3 The Very One Handicap at Gulfstream on Feb. 17. Clement said Moon Queen suffered a training setback that required plenty of time off.

On Thursday, Moon Queen breezed five furlongs in 1:04.85 over Belmont's turf course.

"I'm not sure she is 100 percent fit," Clement said. "I wish I had an extra two or three weeks. With the bad weather we had last month we weren't able to be as aggressive in our training as we would normally be."

Clement will also saddle Mot Juste, who was transferred to Clement's barn when trainer Kiaran McLaughlin returned to Dubai earlier this month. Mot Juste is coming off a third-place finish in the Flower Bowl Invitational in which she was beaten only 1 1/2 lengths.

Final screws removed from Proud Citizen

Kentucky Derby runner-up Proud Citizen had the final two screws removed from his left cannon bone on Friday, and could resume training in 60 to 90 days, according to Dr. Stephen Selway.

Proud Citizen suffered a shin fracture while finishing fifth in Belmont Stakes on June 8. He underwent surgery in July, having seven screws inserted into the cannon bone. Selway removed five of the screws about six weeks ago.

"He won't go back into training until the screw holes fill in," Selway said. "This one seems to be a bit of a slower healer and his will take 60 to 90 days to fill in."

Selway said Proud Citizen will be able to begin walking the shed row in 10 to 14 days, after he removes the stitches. Thus far, Proud Citizen has been confined to his stall in trainer D. Wayne Lukas's Belmont barn.