08/20/2004 11:00PM

Clement speaks highly of Spotlight


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Several horses who ran in the Lake George here at Saratoga on Aug. 2, are entered in Monday's $150,000 Lake Placid. A notable exception is the Lake George winner, Seducer's Song, who was scheduled to run in Saturday's Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks.

The absence of the Christophe Clement-trained Seducer's Song is good news for the Lake Placid runners, but Clement still has a horse to fear in the field.

Spotlight, who won her first start in this country at Belmont Park in July, is among nine 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 2 Lake Placid, which will be run at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Bending Strings and Shadow Cast are entered main-track only.

The Lake Placid drew a wide-open field, including graded stakes winners . Adding depth to the field are Fortunate Damsel, third in the Lake George, and Vous, who won the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes at Calder as a 2-year-old.

Clement is high on Spotlight, who easily won her American debut in a second-level allowance race on July 23. She previously raced in England, where she won two listed stakes and was second in another.

"I like the filly and we're excited about running her here," Clement said.

Jerry Bailey rides Spotlight, who has tactical speed, from post 7.

Patrick Biancone will saddle Mambo Slew. In her last start, Mambo Slew finished sixth in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park in July. In her previous start, she won the Grade 3 Sands Point at Belmont, defeating several of the horses she meets in the Lake Placid.

Lucifer's Stone's trainer, Linda Rice, grappled with running her filly in the Lake Placid because she originally intended to wait for the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup on Sept. 12. A bullet work from Lucifer's Stone on Wednesday may have swayed Rice in favor of the Lake Placid.

Lucifer's Stone finished second in the Sands Point as the favorite and was fifth in the Lake George. A late-runner, Lucifer's Stone gets a jockey change to Cornelio Velasquez.

Delta Sensation gets a jockey switch to Shane Sellers. He replaces Jorge Chavez, who has won four races on Delta Sensation this year.

Frank Alexander, Delta Sensation's trainer, said she was too close to the pace in the 1 1/16-mile Lake George, where she finished seventh.

"I think this group is a pretty equal bunch; she belongs with these horses," Alexander said.

Trainer Heriberto Cedano entered Fortunate Damsel, whom he thinks will like the distance of the Lake Placid. "The way she ran last time, it looks like she wants an extra sixteenth of a mile."