11/04/2004 12:00AM

Clement live in both divisions


MIAMI - The temperature may still be in the mid-80's in south Florida, but anybody who doubts winter is just around the corner need only look over the starting lineups for the split divisions of Saturday's $40,000 Soft Parade Stakes at Calder.

Of the 24 fillies and mares entered in the Soft Parade, three are from trainer Todd Pletcher and two are from Christophe Clement. Both trainers shipped the first wave of their powerful stables down from New York earlier this month.

Clement has the class of the field in both divisions of the 1 1/16-mile Soft Parade, which are carded as the fifth and eighth races on Saturday's 12-race program.

In the opening division, Clement will send out the Irish-bred Hymn of Love in a field that includes Pletcher's pair of Little Buttercup and Krasnaya, as well as Formal Miss and Iowa's Image.

Hymn of Love was a listed stakes winner in Ireland as a 3-year-old last year, but has started only once this season, when overmatched against Soviet Song in the Group 2 Ridgewood Pearl Stakes. Hymn of Love will be making her U.S. debut Saturday.

Little Buttercup is a New York-bred who comes off a third in the Ticonderoga Handicap at Aqueduct on Oct. 23. Krasnaya won a second-level allowance race two starts back at Monmouth Park.

Formal Miss regained the top spot in the local filly and mare turf division after outfinishing Iowa's Image by a length to win the Garden Saint on Oct. 10. Iowa's Image has not finished worse than second in her last seven starts.

Derrianne, ninth as the 3-2 favorite in the Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup Handicap on May 1, returns for Clement in the second division of the Soft Parade. A Grade 3 winner of her U.S. debut Sept. 27, Derrianne has made just one start since the Hollywood Wildcat, finishing ninth in Saratoga's Grade 3 Ballston Spa Handicap on Aug. 30.

Pletcher counters with another New York-bred, Beebe Lake, in the second division. Beebe Lake was stakes placed against statebreds earlier this year but finished seventh behind her stablemate Little Buttercup in the Ticonderoga.