01/15/2010 12:00AM

Payback time arrives for Clement


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - If there is any justice in the world, Belle Allure will win Saturday's $100,000 Marshua's River Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Belle Allure is owned by the Ronchalon Stable, which two winters ago sent out Green Girl over the same turf course to an apparent victory over La Dolce Vita in the Grade 3 Suwannee River. She was disqualified from that win several weeks later following an appeal by La Dolce Vita's connections, who alleged Green Girl had not carried her full weight assignment throughout the post parade.

"She's the only horse in the history of racing to win a race and then be disqualified afterwards for something that happened before the race was even run," said Christophe Clement, the trainer of both Green Girl and Belle Allure.

The 5-year-old Belle Allure, who will break from post 2, enters the Marshua's River off a head victory in the Grade 3 Athenia at Belmont Park on Oct. 21. The win was the second in four starts since she was turned over to Clement following the conclusion of her 3-year-old campaign.

"She never ran a bad race for me last year, but this is not an easy race," said Clement. "Whenever you have a turf stakes in the winter we all meet in the same spot. The trip and draw are very important and our filly is in an ideal spot because she can be in stalking position behind the speed and be the first one to kick."

Clement said Belle Allure may have one more start this winter before being bred to Giant's Causeway.

Belle Allure and jockey Edgar Prado will have little margin for error in an extremely well-matched field that includes graded stakes winners Backseat Rhythm, Bluegrass Princess, and Quiet Harbor.

Backseat Rhythm was not as fortunate as Belle Allure at the position draw and will break from post 13 if all go. A Grade 1 winner, Backseat Rhythm will be making her first start since being transferred to trainer Rick Dutrow's barn last fall.

Bluegrass Princess will make her first start for trainer Chad Brown. Bluegrass Princess won the Grade 3 Valley View for Kiaran McLaughlin during the fall and was third over this course in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride last winter.

Quiet Harbor has won four in a row, capping off the streak with a victory in the Grade 3 Violet at the Meadowlands in her 2009 finale.