11/08/2003 12:00AM

Clement ready with both barrels


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Sixty Seconds and Mariensky give trainer Christophe Clement a powerful one-two punch in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Long Island Handicap, New York's final turf stakes of the year for fillies and mares.

Sixty Seconds, a Group 1 winner in Australia, is 2 for 2 in this country, including a head victory in the Grade 3 Glens Falls Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 25. The Long Island will be the first start for Sixty Seconds in nearly three months.

"I wanted to run her in early October, but she got a little bit sick on us so we gave her a little time," Clement said. "She's been doing good lately."

On Saturday, Sixty Seconds worked four furlongs in 48.40 seconds over Belmont's main track.

Mariensky took advantage of her affinity for soft turf by winning the Sheepshead Bay and Just a Game Breeders' Cup handicaps in a seven-day period in the spring. She was not as effective over firm turf, finishing sixth in the New York Handicap and seventh in the Glens Falls.

She came out of the Glens Falls with a problem that prompted Clement to send her to the Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington, Ky., where she was found to have severely bruised feet. Mariensky shows two moderate works since mid-October, and Clement would obviously like to see some give in the ground next weekend.

A large field is shaping up for the Long Island, run at 1 1/2 miles, including Banyu Dewi, Boana, Goosey Gander, Itnab, Lady of the Future, Mandela, Place Rouge, Primetimevalentine, Spice Island, and Volga. Whortleberry is a possible starter.

Bossanova cruises in Highweight prep

Bossanova, the Mike Lee Handicap winner, cruised to a 2 1/4-length victory in a second-level allowance race for New York-breds on Saturday, a tune-up for the $100,000 Fall Highweight Handicap on Thanksgiving Day.

Under Edgar Prado, Bossanova ($2.40) broke alertly and led at every call, covering the six furlongs in 1:10.73.

"It was like a workout," said Alvarado Cambray, the assistant to trainer James Bond. "I hope he comes back good; that's all I want."

Connecting finished second and was allowed to remain in that position despite interfering with Lost in the Woods at the quarter pole, forcing that horse to check.

With $179,859 wagered to show on Bossanova out of $196,053 in the pool, there was a minus show pool of $29,781.

Santos taken to hospital

Jockey Jose Santos was taken to North Shore Memorial Hospital for precautionary X-rays on his lower back and kidneys following a spill in Saturday's sixth race.

Santos was aboard Every Trick, a first-time starter trained by Nick Zito, who was about to finish fifth in a seven-furlong maiden race when she took a bad step about 50 yards from the wire. Santos was hurled hard to the dirt, but did not appear to get clipped by any of the trailing horses.

Santos was taken off the track on a stretcher and transported by ambulance to the track's first-aid department before being taken to North Shore. Santos was forced to take off his final two mounts, including Lady Bi Bi in the Athenia Handicap.

Artie Schiller points to Remsen

Artie Schiller, second as the even-money favorite in the Pilgrim Stakes on turf, worked six furlongs in 1:15.06 over Belmont Park's training track Saturday in preparation for a start in the $200,000 Remsen Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on dirt on Nov. 29.

Artie Schiller finished third in his only dirt start. He was beaten 2 3/4 lengths by Read the Footnotes in an entry-level allowance race in September, Artie Schiller's first start in two months. Read the Footnotes has since come back to win the Nashua Stakes.

"I thought he had license to come up short that day," trainer Jimmy Jerkens said. "We kept trying to run him on the grass and the race never went. He only got beat a couple lengths by Read the Footnotes, who figures to be one of the favorites [in the Remsen]. How many 2-year-olds want to go a mile and an eighth?"

* The stewards fined jockey Shaun Bridg-mohan $500 for misjudging the finish line aboard Warm Feelings in Thursday's fourth race. Warm Feelings finished fourth, but was beaten only a head and a nose for second.

* Evening Attire worked five furlongs in 1:00.81 Saturday morning over the Belmont training track. Trainer Pat Kelly has not picked out a race for Evening Attire, but did nominate him to the Red Smith, in hopes that it will be rained off the turf. Evening Attire won the off-the-turf Red Smith last year.