06/06/2005 12:00AM

Ringo's Cat gets back to her best game


Class handicappers may view with skepticism in the featured eighth race at Arlington Wednesday, a third-level allowance with a purse of $31,000. A former $15,000 claimer, she has struggled in top-level races at major tracks.

But now, returning to her best game at a mile on dirt, she may show there is more to her than her humble roots might suggest.

In three starts at a mile in March and April, she was untouchable, winning by no less than 8 1/2 lengths. Each time she earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 85 or higher. Two of the victories came at Turfway Park, the other at Mountaineer.

Those efforts sparked Team Valor Stable, one of the country's leading racing partnerships, to acquire an interest in her from owner Robert Nash. Although she has yet to produce in two subsequent starts - which resulted in distant fifth-place finishes - their belief in her hints of her potential.

A free-running filly, Ringo's Cat should be at her best Wednesday in a race with a long run to the turn. When she last raced at Churchill on May 18, she broke slowly and got shut off in traffic with a short run to the first turn in a mile grass race. Chris Emigh rides for trainer Bernie Flint.

head the opposition. Both are in good form and possess quality records, but are largely inexperienced beyond short sprints.

Campbell feeling okay

Jockey Jesse Campbell, who fell and hit his head in a second-race spill on Sunday, was treated and released from Northwest Community Hospital later that afternoon.

"I feel okay, and the CAT scan was negative," he said upon returning to the track Sunday afternoon.

Track looking to alter wagering rules

Arlington Park will propose a change to its multirace wagering rules at this month's Illinois Racing Board meeting. The change involves races that are taken off the turf once a wager like the pick three or pick four has closed.

If the rule change is approved, a bettor would be given all the horses in such a race, rather than the post-time favorite.

In addition, Arlington plans to request that the minimum number of starters to allow for trifectas and superfectas be reduced by one betting interest. This would allow a trifecta to be offered with five wagering interests, a superfecta with six.