12/13/2006 12:00AM

Clement has favorites in top Grand Slam II stakes


MIAMI - Trainer Christophe Clement has won the Grade 2 W.L. McKnight and La Prevoyante handicaps a combined five times, and odds are pretty good that he'll add to that total Saturday, when he sends out the starting highweight and likely favorite in both races.

The McKnight and La Prevoyante both carry $200,000 purses and highlight Saturday's Grand Slam II program, which also includes the $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. and Fred. W. Hooper handicaps, both Grade 3 events.

Clement has been shut out in the McKnight since Flag Down won in 1995, but he has an excellent chance to snap the streak Saturday with Revved Up, an 8-year-old who will carry high weight of 122 pounds. Revved Up has won 5 of his 6 starts since finishing second, beaten a neck by Meteor Storm, in last year's McKnight. However, only one of those victories - the Grade 3 Sycamore at Keeneland - was a graded stakes.

"The racing secretary must think my horse is Arnold Schwarzenegger, making him carry 122 pounds," said Clement. "But he's doing great, so he'll run."

Revved Up will concede from four to nine pounds to his rivals. The field also includes Always First, Embossed, Ramazutti, and Dreadnaught, who won the race in 2004 and finished fourth in 2005.

Clement has captured the La Prevoyante four times, most recently in 1999, when Coretta won the race for the second straight year. On Saturday, Clement will send out Royal Highness, the 120-pound highweight, and Doryphar.

A German-bred, Royal Highness has made two starts in the U.S. She finished third against males in the Grade 1 Turf Classic at Belmont on Oct. 7 in her U.S. debut, and then finished second, beaten a half-length by Safari Queen, in the Grade 2 Long Island Handicap on Nov. 4.

Among Royal Highness's five opponents are Safari Queen and Barancella, who finished second in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor at Woodbine in her last start.

In other stakes on the program:

* Nightmare Affair, third behind Thor's Echo in both the Breeders' Cup Sprint and Grade 1 De Francis Memorial, will likely be favored over defending champion Mister Fotis and seven others in the seven-furlong Kenny Noe. Nightmare Affair will carry high weight of 120 pounds and be ridden by Edgar Prado.

* In the Fred Hooper, the 117-pound highweights are Rehoboth and Siphon City. Rehoboth has won three of his last four starts, all stakes, and is one of four 3-year-olds in the field. Siphon City has gone off his best form since winning the Grade 2 Cornhusker Breeders' Cup in July and will race in blinkers for the first time Saturday.

Bridgmohan returns after spill

Leading rider Jermaine Bridgmohan returned to action Wednesday, 48 hours after he walked away unscathed from a frightening spill in Monday's finale. Bridgmohan was aboard even-money Watch Me Flash, who broke down while on the lead nearing midstretch of the bottom-priced maiden claiming dash. Two other riders, Ray Fuentes and Jeffrey Sanchez, were also thrown to the ground when their mounts could not avoid Watch Me Flash.

Bridgmohan and Fuentes walked off the track under their own power. Sanchez was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. He suffered a gash over his right eye, which was swollen shut and prevented him from riding Wednesday.

Watch Me Flash was euthanized as a result of her injuries.