06/04/2001 11:00PM

Unreliable Revington is tepid pick

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Revington, a stakes winner last year, will take on eight other 3-year-olds in a $25,000 claiming race at 6 1/2 furlongs this Wednesday at Hastings Park.

Revington was a very impressive front-running winner of the B.C. Nursery Stakes in only his second start, but has been in a steady slide since then.

A son of Reve Du, Revington made his next start as the second choice in the Jack Diamond Futurity, but after a poor start, he couldn't get near the lead and finished last. His former trainer Jim Brown tried to stretch him out in his next two starts, but after being up close early, he packed it in to finish up the track both occasions.

Revington started this season in a new barn, and trainer Jerome Partington must have been pleased when the colt finished a good second behind Jazzy Yacht in a non-conditional allowance race opening day. But he couldn't keep up in either the City of Vancouver or the Klondike Stakes, and Partington has dropped him into claiming company, where he is likely to be in front and figures to be tough to catch.

After Revington, it's hard to separate the rest of the field. Kooma finished in front of Revington the two times they met last year, but both of those races were at 1 1/16 miles and Kooma has shown little in his two sprints against $50,000 optional horses this year.

Rambo Kat, Bently, and Cherryhill Champ were within a half-length of each other in a $20,000 claiming race won by Bently May 19 while Aim To Win earned a decent Beyer figure when he wired a group of $15,000 maidens May 13.