09/04/2009 11:00PM

Clement hopes to run three in Glens Falls

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Christophe Clement was so happy to see a route race on the turf for fillies and mares be carded at Saratoga that he couldn't help but enter three in Monday's Grade 3, $100,000 Glens Falls Handicap at 1o3/8 miles.

"It's exciting to see a race going long in New York,'' Clement said. "It's like two 5 1/2-furlong races combined!''

Unfortunately for Clement, others were excited too and one of Clement's horses, Shake the Moon, is stuck two-deep on the also-eligible list. Barring scratches, Clement will be represented by Astrologie and Avie's Tale in the Glens Falls.

Astrologie has finished fourth in all three of her starts this year, including the Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park on July 18. The fractions were so slow in that race, Astrologie found herself on the lead.

"She had a perfect ride. I thought she was going to open up at the quarter pole. She didn't,'' Clement said. "We might take her back this time, we'll see.''

Avie's Tale finished fifth in the Dick when trained by Tim Salzman. Owner Ivan Dalos shipped the horse here for the Signature Stallion Stakes on Aug. 10, but the 4-year-old filly flipped in the paddock and had to be scratched. Dalos left Avie's Tale here with Clement.

"She looks well, she's sound,'' Clement said.

Trainer Graham Motion, who had won seven races at this meet, five of them stakes, coming into Saturday, will send out Caprice, who won the Dick.

"I thought she has really stepped it up in her last two races,'' said Motion, who also liked Caprice's third-place finish to Criticism in the Sheepshead Bay at Belmont. "She ran a game race in the Dick.''

Winter View, trained by Jonathan Sheppard, had a three-race winning streak snapped when sixth, beaten 1o1/2 lengths by Caprice at Delaware. She had shown a strong closing kick winning the All Along at Colonial Downs in June and the Bewitch at Keeneland in April.

Tejida was beaten just 2 1/4 lengths by Forever Together in the Grade 1 Diana. She set the pace in this race last year, before finishing sixth. Queen of Hearts was a hard-fought winner of the Signature Stallion Stakes over an extremely game Zaskar, who ended up on the also-eligible list.