11/26/2002 12:00AM

Clement shuttle stays busy


INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Christophe Clement sends so many turf runners to California he ought to keep a permanent stable here. Most of his hit-and-runs lately have been with Voodoo Dancer, but the trainer has sent west another filly from his

powerful stable for Thursday's $70,000-added Waya Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Clement's filly Julie Jalouse was assigned top weight of 119 pounds for the Waya, the feature on a Thanksgiving Day card that begins at 11 a.m. Pacific. The eight-race program should end by 2:30 p.m., giving fans plenty of time to get home to stuff themselves.

A field of nine entered the Waya, which is the appetizer to the holiday racing that will take place here this weekend, with the six-race Autumn Turf Festival, worth $2.1 million, from Friday to Sunday. The Waya, at 1 1/2 miles on turf, is for female grass runners who are not up to facing the likes of Banks Hill and Golden Apples in Sunday's Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes.

Julie Jalouse comes off an allowance victory at Keeneland, her second victory in four starts since being repatriated from Europe. She won the Orchid Handicap at Gulfstream Park earlier this year. The distance suits her style.

The speedy Netherland was a front-running winner going a mile on turf at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting on Oct. 17.

Snowflake, who like Netherland carries 118 pounds, finished fourth in the Hillsborough Handicap at Bay Meadows on Sept. 28.

The pint-sized Garden in the Rain was an overpowering winner in an optional-claiming race at Santa Anita on Oct. 25. That was her first start since being claimed by Jeff Mullins.

Tropical Lady faded in the 1 1/16-mile Hillsborough, but trainer Eduardo Inda said she can perform better here.

"Her last race in San Francisco, she can't take a hold of that grass," Inda said. "She's run good here a couple of times.

"She likes to go long," Inda added. "I've been waiting for a race like this for a long time. She has no allowance conditions, except for high allowance races that don't fill. I've had to wait for a stakes. This might be a little too long, though. A mile and a quarter I'd like better, because she hasn't run in a long time."

- Hollywood Park will present a complimentary Thanksgiving meal to backstretch employees from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the track kitchen. Employees and their families must show a current California Horse Racing Board license.

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