08/08/2002 12:00AM

Chance to avenge loss for See How She Runs


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Had she run a jump faster on a mid-summer night in Des Moines, See How She Runs would be 6 for 6 and, perhaps, hailed as a rising star in the 3-year-old filly division.

Instead, Lost at Sea beat her a head in the Iowa Oaks, and when See How She Runs starts Saturday at Arlington in the Singapore Plate, she comes off a losing race for the first time in her career.

But trainer Donnie Von Hemel has no visions of redemption Saturday. "It's nothing like that," Von Hemel said. "I just feel like we've got a nice filly, same as before."

No doubt. Before the Iowa Oaks, See How She Runs, a homebred owned by Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Farm, had handled everything thrown at her. She ran quickly through her allowance conditions at Oaklawn this winter, won the Grade 2 Fantasy in her first stakes try, and then traveled to Woodbine for an easy win in the Grade 1 Selene in late May.

Winning was beginning to seem like a foregone conclusion when she was cut down at Prairie Meadows.

"We just got beat by a good filly that we were giving a little weight to," said Von Hemel, who is stabled at Remington Park while See How She Runs has trained at Arlington with his father, Don. "I wasn't disappointed with the race."

For Lost at Sea, the Grade 3, $100,000 Singapore Plate is a chance to validate her 22-1 upset of the Iowa Oaks. Lost at Sea showed talent here last summer, but before the Oaks her biggest win had come in a listed stakes at Bay Meadows. Lost at Sea, owned by John Franks and Peter Abruzzo and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, put in a strong work here Aug. 3, going seven furlongs in 1:27.40.

Summer Mis is a potential upsetter, but has much to prove on Saturday. An Illinois-bred owned by Richard Otto and trained by Tony Mitchell, Summer Mis must show she belongs in open stakes company and that she can race effectively around two turns. A standout winner of an Illinois-bred stakes here in June, Summer Mis was equally impressive winning a second-level allowance here July 20. But both races were at a mile, one turn at Arlington, and jockey Randy Meier must find a way to harness Summer Mis's speed if she is to stay the nine furlongs of the Singapore Plate.

Ms Brookski is a Grade 2 winner looking to rebound from a poor showing in the Kentucky Oaks. Strikes No Spares and Belvedere Miss were one-two in a July 7 allowance race, and Saratoga Cat, off only a first-level allowance win, appears overmatched.

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