07/17/2002 11:00PM

Iowa Oaks pair on road to Singapore

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The top two finishers in the Iowa Oaks are in training at Arlington and could be headed for a rematch on Aug. 10.

See How She Runs, who suffered the first loss of her career when she was beaten a head in the Iowa Oaks, definitely is pointing for the Grade 3 Singapore Plate Handicap, while Lost at Sea, her vanquisher, also could show up in the Singapore.

The July 3 Iowa Oaks was a surprisingly strong race this season, and the top two finishers both ran faster than the Iowa Derby winner did two nights later. The performance wasn't unexpected from See How She Runs. A homebred owned by Pin Oak Farm and trained by Donnie Von Hemel, See How She Runs won the first five starts of her career, including the Grade 2 Fantasy at Oaklawn and the Grade 1 Selene at Woodbine.

See How She runs was 6-5 at Prairie Meadows, but after making a narrow lead in the stretch was edged by the 22-1 shot Lost at Sea.

"We don't think anything less of her for losing by a head," Von Hemel said. "She was giving six pounds to the filly that beat her."

See How She Runs is stabled at Arlington with Von Hemel's father, Don, and on Wednesday had her first work since the Oaks, breezing five furlongs in 1:01.40. See How She Runs has trained steadily since the winter, and Von Hemel said she shows no sign of decline. "She's training as well now as she's done all year," he said.

Meanwhile, Lost at Sea has logged two easy half-mile breezes at Arlington since the Oaks, but trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has not committed her to a race. He said a trip to Delaware this weekend for the Delaware Oaks was considered, but that the rigors of summer shipping led him to keep Lost at Sea here.

"We'll probably stay and run in Chicago," Hollendorfer said.

Duchossois runners arrive

Two turf stakes horses owned by Arlington chairman Dick Duchossois arrived here from California on Tuesday night and are slated for starts on Million Preview Day, July 27.

Innit, winner of the Grade 2 Honeymoon last summer and most recently fourth in the Grade 3 Royal Heroine, is set to run in the Grade 3 Modesty. The 5-year-old National Anthem, less accomplished than Innit, starts in the Arlington Handicap. National Anthem hasn't won since March 2001 when he took an optional claiming-allowance race in his first United States start.

The Modesty is a prep for the Beverly D. Handicap, the Arlington Handicap is a prep for the Arlington Million.

The two horses previously were trained by Ron McAnally and shipped into the barn of trainer Chris Block, under whose name they are likely to start next weekend. Block said they're likely to remain with him after the upcoming races.

With the new additions, Block may have two starters in the Modesty and the Arlington Handicap. Mystery Giver has been penciled into the Handicap, while Ioya Two is possible for the Modesty.

Strong Hanshin card

Saturday's Hanshin Handicap is about as strong a $100,000 stakes race as one could draw up in this day and age, and the two races preceding it also are strong.

The seventh, a second-level filly and mare allowance, brings out Summer Mis, the exciting Illinois-bred who easily won a statebred stakes in her last start. Summer Mis's ultimate goal is the Singapore Plate Handicap, and Saturday's one-mile allowance is intended as a tune-up for that start. Summer Mis has drawn the outside post in a field of 12.

The sixth race is a $60,000-added overnight stakes, the Real Delight, which drew a field of seven, headed by Cordoba, one of trainer Carl Nafzger's legion of talented 3-year-old fillies.

Cordoba was overmatched in the Grade 1 Ashland and ran into the sharp Charmed Gift in a May 10 Churchill allowance, but has won two of her last four and on June 13 beat the promising Tricky Indy by three lengths. That race, like Saturday's, was at seven furlongs, which seems like an ideal distance for Cordoba.

The stakes winner Colonial Glitter and locals Lemon Haze and Smoke Chaser also rate as contenders.

Inesperado out of American Derby

Bobby Frankel told Arlington officials Thursday that he could not make shipping arrangements for Inesperado, and that the colt would not run Sunday in the American Derby, the second leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple.

Inesperado won the Cinema Handicap in his last start and would have been a strong favorite here, and his absence leaves a big hole in this race. Mananan Mclir, fourth to Inesperado in the Cinema, may be the favorite in a field not nearly as strong as that of the Arlington Classic, the first leg of the Mid-America Triple.

Whither Halo Cat?

Halo Cat, who recently was purchased after winning four straight races, worked a sharp half-mile in 47.40 seconds here Thursday. But trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who owns a piece of Halo Cat, said he is uncertain where the horse will next race. "We're going to work with him and see what we have, then make a decision," Hollendorfer said.

Halo Cat had won only two of his first 11 starts before showing exceptional form for trainer Mike Mareina the last couple months. The last two wins in his streak came in stakes, and he easily beat the talented Beau's Town in his last race.