11/09/2002 1:00AM

This round goes to Clement


MIAMI - The friendly rivalry between trainers Christophe Clement and his Payson Park neighbor Bill Mott continued Saturday when Clement pulled off a mild upset with Madeira Mist, who defeated Mott's 1-2 favorite, Maliziosa, in the $38,465 Good Intentions Stakes at Calder Race Course.

In her stakes debut, Madeira Mist took advantage of a speed-favoring turf course to lead throughout under Gary Boulanger, easily withstanding Maliziosa for a comfortable 2 1/2-length victory. Maliziosa was shuffled back briefly along the hedge into the far turn, moved to contention while wide approaching the stretch, but could not gain on the winner through the final furlong.

Mott may not have to wait very long for a return engagement with Clement. Both are expected to be represented in Saturday's $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup Handicap.

Clement will send out either Forbidden Apple or Sir Brian's Sword in the nine-furlong Bonnie Heath, and Mott has both Miesque's Approval and Stokosky nominated to the race.

Forbidden Apple, who was fourth, beaten two lengths in the Breeders' Cup Mile, will carry highweight of 120 pounds if he runs. Sir Brian's Sword has won his last two starts, including Delaware's Leader Band Stakes.

Miesque's Approval, who dropped a neck decision to Union Place here last month in the Grade 3 Calder Derby, would be taking on older horses for the first time in the Bonnie Heath. His stablemate Stokosky, third in The Meadowland's 11-furlong Manila Stakes, began his career locally before being purchased privately by owner Gary Tanaka.

Local favorite Band Is Passing has already been declared from the Bonnie Heath. "I really want to give him a little more time," said owner-breeder Stan Ersoff, who also trains the horse. "His next start will probably be the Tropical Turf Handicap," Dec. 7.

* Among the major contenders for Saturday's Florida Million card to work here Saturday were Best of the Rest, the 120-pound highweight for the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic, who went five furlongs in l:00.80; Castlebrook, who went five-eighths in 1:02.60 in preparation for the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap; and Hear No Evil, who ran five furlongs in 1:00.20 for the $150,000 Jack Price Juvenile.

* Jockey Julio Garcia was lucky to escape serious injury when he was thrown from first-time starter Cheddar after the 2-year-old ducked in suddenly and swerved into the gap shortly after the start of Saturday's sixth race.