07/28/2001 12:00AM

Clement dives twice into Lake George


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Christophe Clement had two nice 3-year-old fillies he wanted to run in Monday's Grade 3 Lake George Handicap on turf, but he did not want to run them against each other. Fortunately for the French-born trainer, the racing office decided to split the race into two divisions after 19 horses passed through the entry box.

Now, Clement has a chance to win a pair of $100,000 stakes on the same day with Voodoo Dancer and Love N' Kiss S, who have combined to win six of seven starts on turf. The Lake George, which is being split for the third time in its six-year history, will be run at 1 1/16 miles over the Mellon turf course.

Voodoo Dancer, winner of the Flawlessly Stakes at Hollywood Park on May 28, drew into the tougher division. Of the 10 horses entered, nine have won stakes. As a group, they have won a total of 24 turf races.

Voodoo Dancer has four wins and a second in five turf races, including victories in the Tropical Oaks at Calder and the Flawlessly. In the Flawlessly, Clement said he was impressed with the two moves that Voodoo Dancer made under Corey Nakatani.

"The first move put her into the race," Clement said. "She made the second move and she won going away. She was very, very impressive."

Voodoo Dancer, who will be ridden by Jerry Bailey, will have to be on top of her game to beat a talented field. O K to Dance ships up from Florida for Marty Wolfson, who has a history of doing well here with his Calder shippers. As a stone-cold closer, O K to Dance is at the mercy of pace, but has been good enough to win the Palisades at Keeneland and the Gaily Gaily at Gulfstream.

Ruff won the Grade 3 Miss Grillo as a 2-year-old and has been an unlucky one for 4 this year. She is coming off a nose loss to Fiddle - also in this division - in the Christiana Stakes at Delaware Park. She is reunited with John Velazquez and should get a ground-saving trip from the hedge.

In the first division, Love N' Kiss S., a $900,000 yearling purchase, looks for her third consecutive grass victory for Clement. She'll have to contend with Amaretta, who won a maiden turf race here last summer at 56-1, and most recently was second in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes at Churchill. Marq of Beauty, a multiple stakes winner for Todd Pletcher, is also a contender.