08/31/2002 12:00AM

She How She Runs tops Prairie Oaks


ALTOONA, Iowa - See How She Runs returns to the scene of her first career defeat yet looms an odds-on choice against six rivals in Monday's $75,000 Prairie Meadows Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.

When See How She Runs ran here two months ago in the $150,000 Iowa Oaks, she was on the verge of becoming one of the sport's top 3-year-old fillies, having won all five of her starts, including the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

The undefeated string ended in the Iowa Oaks, however, as See How She Runs dropped a head decision to Lost at Sea after taking the lead on the last turn of that 1 1/16-mile event and dueling with Lost at Sea through the final furlong.

Following the Iowa Oaks, trainer Donnie Von Hemel shipped See How She Runs to Arlington Park for the Grade 3 Singapore Plate. She once again was unable to hold off Lost at Sea through the stretch and finished second this time by 1 1/4 lengths as the 3-5 favorite.

Lost at Sea isn't entered here Monday, and See How She Runs seems poised to begin another winning streak. Her six rivals in the Oaks are solid runners, but none appears to be in the same league class-wise with See How She Runs, who has earned over $388,000.

Don Pettinger, who has been aboard See How She Runs, a daughter of Maria's Mon, in all seven of her career starts, will be in for the mount for owner-breeder Pin Oak Stable. The pair will start as the 121-pound highweight under the allowance conditions of the Prairie Meadows Oaks.

If See How She Runs doesn't fire Monday, any of several runners, including Mayo on the Side and Persimmon Ridge, could get the victory.

Mayo on the Side ships in from Saratoga, where she finished a close third against allowance company in her most recent start, on Aug 16, for trainer Carl Nafzger. A daughter of French Deputy, she has a career record of 2-1-2 from seven starts, and the Oaks will be her first try around two turns. Perry Compton will be aboard Mayo on the Side for the first time Monday.

Persimmon Ridge is back in with her own age group Monday following a third-place finish against older rivals here in the Central Iowa Stakes here two weeks ago. Persimmon Ridge made a solid middle move in the Central Iowa, which was contested at Monday's distance, before flattening out through the stretch. Glenn Corbett takes over the riding duties for trainer Mike Lauer.