12/26/2002 12:00AM

Think Clement in La Prevoyante


MIAMI - Any conversation about Calder's $200,000 La Prevoyante Handicap usually begins with trainer Christophe Clement, who has won the race four times. Clement has a strong chance to make it five wins when he saddles Mot Juste and uncoupled stablemate Julie Jalouse in Saturday's 28th running of the Grade 2 stakes.

Clement has already won the La Prevoyante with Sardaniya (1992), Trampoli (1993), and twice with Coretta (1998-99).

Mot Juste is likely to join that list if she can reverse her recent third-place finish to Uriah in the Grade 2 Long Island Handicap. That race came over soft turf and was the first for the English-bred Mot Juste since coming under Clement's tutelage following her third-place finish in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl.

Mot Juste, who was Group 1-placed in France as a 3-year-old, will carry top weight of 118 pounds. Jerry Bailey will ride in the 1 1/2-mile La Prevoyante.

Julie Jalouse made a quick favorable impression in this country by capturing the Grade 2 Orchid Handicap in her U.S. debut at Gulfstream Park earlier this year. She has started just four times since, with her lone victory coming in a third-level allowance race at Keeneland.

The well-traveled Julie Jalouse shipped to California for her most recent start, finishing third after reaching the lead in early stretch in the Waya Handicap at 12 furlongs.

Uriah will be seeking to avoid a "Euro-bounce" in her first start since outfinishing Sunstone by a nose for a last-to-first victory in the Long Island. The effort was remarkable considering the 3-year-old had won a listed race in her native Germany just 13 days earlier.

Purchased by owner Gary Tanaka prior to her last win in Germany, Uriah got a feel for the local course working a half-mile in 51.60 seconds around the dogs here on Monday. A standout over soft ground, she will be ridden by Norberto Arroyo Jr.

The local contingent for the La Prevoyante is led by Stay Forever, who won all four of her starts this season against her own sex before finishing third, beaten a length by Miesque's Approval in the Bonnie Health Turf Handicap against colts and geldings. The La Prevoyante will mark her first attempt beyond nine furlongs.