08/24/2002 12:00AM

Julie able to run big off long layoff


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Julie Jalouse won her American debut in the Grade 2 Orchid Handicap at Gulfstream Park on the heels of a five-month layoff.

In light of that, Julie Jalouse should merit respect when she runs for the first time in five months in Monday's $100,000-added Glens Falls Handicap at Saratoga.

Julie Jalouse is one of five horses who will carry top weight of 116 pounds in the 1 3/8-mile grass race, which attracted a competitive and oversubscribed field of 13 fillies and mares. There are 10 in the body of the race, plus three also-eligibles. Three other horses - Shiny Band, Shouldn't We All, and Tap Dance - are entered main-track only.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Julie Jalouse hasn't run since winning the Orchid by a neck over the favorite, Sweetest Thing. Clement was pointing Julie Jalouse to the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay at Belmont Park on June 1 when the filly was injured in a training accident. Julie Jalouse lost her exercise rider and then slipped and fell on the horse path.

"She was very body sore for a while," Clement said. "I lost about four to five weeks without a breeze."

Since being injured, Julie Jalouse shows three works for her return, including a bullet three-eighths in 37.86 seconds on Wednesday.

Jose Santos rides Julie Jalouse, who drew post 1.

Tweedside is a threat on turf and dirt. She won the Sheepshead Bay on a good course at the Glens Falls distance. If rain moves the Glens Falls to the main track, Tweedside is the one to beat.

Owsley won the Grade 2 New York Handicap, a 1 1/4-mile race at Belmont on July 4, and then shortened up in distance in the 1 1/8-mile Diana here last month. Owsley finished seventh, beaten four lengths, in the Diana. Owsley's trainer, Randy Schulhofer, said longer races are better for his filly.

"She ran hard in the Diana; she just ran out of ground," Schulhofer said. "That's the key with her - a mile and a quarter and a mile and three-eighths."

Edgar Prado, nearly unstoppable at Saratoga during the last week, rides Owsley.

Trainer Neil Howard will send out Quick Tip, his first starter at the meet. Howard's filly is coming off a second behind the Clement-trained England's Legend in the Grade 3 Modesty at Arlington Park.

New Economy, 2 for 2 this year, is a legitimate threat with a stakes win at the Glens Falls distance.

Golden Corona has been knocking on the door with good stakes efforts, but hasn't broken through with a win yet.

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