09/26/2005 12:00AM

'Chance' looks like nice claim


ELMONT, N.Y. - Pat Reynolds has had some good fortune at the claim box over the years, haltering the likes of Peeping Tom, Eltawaasul, Alysweep, and Tom's Thunder, and turning them into stakes winners.

Reynolds appears to have made another solid claim in Rahy's Chance, whom he and owner Paul Pompa took for $75,000 on Aug. 4. Three weeks later, Reynolds won an optional claiming race with him at Saratoga. On Wednesday, Rahy's Chance runs in another a high-priced claimer, the feature on Belmont Park's nine-race card.

There is a pick-six carryover of $55,068 on Wednesday's card.

Price tags for the seven horses entered in the $51,000 race scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf are $100,000 down to $75,000. Rahy's Chance is one of five horses available for $100,000.

When won at Saratoga on Aug. 27, he got a decent pace to close into and found room along the rail to squeeze through. He got up to beat Battle Chant by a head. Battle Chant came back to win the $150,000 John Schapiro Memorial Breeders' Cup Handicap at Laurel on Sept. 17.

Though there appears to be less pace than in the last race, Reynolds is confident that Rahy's Chance will run his race.

"It doesn't appear to be tailor-made for him, but the last race wasn't either," Reynolds said. "He had to come through an impossible hole turning for home. The good ride he got contributed to the win. If the pace is slower, he'll just be closer, that's all. He's training as good as anybody in the barn. I expect him to fire."

Eibar Coa, aboard on Aug. 27, again has the call.

Also in the race are several veteran stakes winners on the downside of their career. Miesque's Approval finished third behind Rahy's Chance on Aug. 27. Prior to that, he won the Old Ironside Stakes at Suffolk Downs.

goes out for the sizzling connections of trainer Bill Mott (11 for 25 at the meet) and jockey Jerry Bailey (20 for 40) Together, they've combined to win 10 of 17 starts.

"He's very honest, very consistent; runs his race every time," Mott said of Miesque's Approval. "He's getting a little age on him and has lost a step from what he was at 3 or 4 years old, but he puts in an honest effort."

, another stakes winner, and Sir Walter Rahy, are also contenders in the race.