11/10/2005 12:00AM

Mott-Clement rivalry lives on

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Revved Up, winning the Niagara BC, has won 4 of 6 starts this year.

MIAMI - The ongoing rivalry between trainers Bill Mott and Christophe Clement returns to Florida on Saturday in the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup. Mott sends out Silver Tree and Clement trains Revved Up for the Bonnie Heath, a 1 1/8-mile turf race that attracted a field of 12. The Bonnie Heath is one of eight stakes, all for Florida-breds, on Florida Million Day, including the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap and $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap.

Mott and Clement traditionally conclude their yearly rivalry during the Tropical at Calder meeting. The Mott-trained Miesque's Approval beat the Clement-trained Sir Brian's Sword to win the inaugural Bonnie Heath in 2002.

Silver Tree has consistently held his own against the premier members of his division, but he remains winless since capturing Saratoga's Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap during the summer of 2004. In the interim, Silver Tree has twice finished second in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap, including a 1 1/4-length defeat to Leroidesanimaux this year. He also finished second by a half-length to Breeders' Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller in the Bernard Baruch this summer, and second by a neck to Host in the Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap here last December.

Jerry Bailey will assume his regular seat aboard Silver Tree in the Bonnie Heath.

is in the best form of his career at age 7. A gelded son of Sultry Song, Revved Up has not been worse than second in six starts this year, winning four times, including the Grade 3 Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup at Arlington and Grade 2 Niagara Breeders' Cup Handicap at Woodbine. In his last start, Revved Up was defeated by a neck in the Grade 2 Sky Classic Handicap over 1 3/8 miles at Woodbine. The Bonnie Heath will mark his first visit to Calder.

Revved Up will carry high weight of 120 pounds, two more than , including regular jockey Brice Blanc.

The best of the local contingent in the Bonnie Heath may be , who comes off a much-needed third-place finish in the Flying Pidgeon Handicap on Oct. 1. The Flying Pidgeon was the first start for Magic Mecke since the spring of 2004.

Magic Mecke loves the local turf course, having won 5 of 15 starts at Calder, including the Pete Axthelm Stakes at 3.

Elmer Heubeck: Several can win

The Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile race, couldn't be more wide open. Three fillies - Appealing Pond, American Miss, and Tigi - share high weight of 116 pounds, and only five pounds separates them from the lowest weight in the field of nine.

American Miss moved to the head of her division here this summer after upsetting recent Grade 1 winner Pampered Princess in the Nancy's Glitter Handicap. American Miss has tailed off since, however, finishing far back in each of her last two starts. Best when loose on the lead, American Miss figures to make the front from post 3 in the Heubeck.

Appealing Pond comes off her biggest win, a three-quarter-length triumph in the Cinnamon Girl Stakes on Sept. 23.

Tigi has flourished since being shipped to trainer Bill White this summer, winning 2 of her 4 local starts, including the Capital Request Stakes.

Jack Dudley: Santana Strings invades

The Jack Dudley Sprint, a six-furlong race, is equally wide open, with 3-year-old Kentucky invader Santana Strings sharing high weight of 118 pounds with Apalachian Thunder.

Santana Strings won a pair of stakes this summer, including the Grade 2 Amsterdam at Saratoga, but has disappointed in each of his last two starts and has yet to face older rivals.

Apalachian Thunder, like Tigi, has run well since being sent to White this summer, winning an overnight stakes before finishing third when stretching out around two turns for the Grade 3 Spend a Buck.

Built Up, a talented but inconsistent veteran, makes his first start since being switched to trainer Tim Ritvo's barn three months ago. Built Up won the 2004 Spend a Buck but only one race in nine subsequent starts.

"He could need a race off the layoff, but his last work was really good and at his best is good enough to win this race," said Ritvo.

Completing the field are the improving Qureall, former Calder favorite Weigelia, Cin Cin, Scrubs, Mister Fotis, Swift Replica, and Wire Bound.