10/20/2003 12:00AM

Clement has two options


ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Christophe Clement is delighted that Wednesday's feature at Belmont Park, the $65,000 England's Legend, is named for a Grade 1 winner he trained because he has entered two mares in the mile race on the Widener turf.

Clement named Edgar Prado on both Love n' Kiss S. and Heritiere, so only one can start. Clement said that if the turf is too soft, he will run Heritiere instead of Love n' Kiss S. Belmont's turf course was water-logged on Sunday, as evidenced by the slow running time of 1:57.46 for the 1 1/8-mile Pilgrim. Showers were in the forecast for Tuesday.

Twelve fillies and mares were entered in the England's Legend. Logo is on the also-eligible list. Four others were entered main-track only - Nonsuch Bay, Mousse Glacee, Sabre of Silver, and Bel Baie.

Love n' Kiss S., who has done her best running at Belmont, won her last start here on Oct. 1 in a 1 1/8-mile allowance race. The course was listed as yielding.

"She's okay on firm to good, but softer turf is going to be tough for her," Clement said. "I've always been a big fan of this filly. She needs things to go great for her [to win], but she is a very nice filly."

Love n' Kiss S. drew the rail.

Heritiere hasn't run since July 19 when she finished eighth in an allowance race at Delaware Park. In her prior start, Heritiere won a mile turf race at Monmouth Park over good ground.

"I think Heritiere will enjoy the softer ground," Clement said. "We gave her a small break and she has been ready to run, but I couldn't find a race."

Heritiere drew post 7.

Pieria figures in the mix. She has won a pair of mile races at Belmont this year, but has only competed over firm turf courses.

If you like Pieria, you have to consider With Patience, who finished second to Pieria on Oct. 4.

Coney Kitty was a nose winner over Vespers on Sept. 11. It was Coney Kitty's first win in 14 months, but she had been running against tougher horses in between those wins.

Outside of some lackluster performances in graded company this year, Vespers has finished in the top three in each of her five starts in allowance races.

Affirmed Dancer drops back to a mile after setting a slow pace and finishing third in her last race.