10/29/2001 1:00AM

Victory Ride making comeback


ELMONT, N.Y. - Victory Ride, the Grade 1 Test Stakes winner who suffered a broken right foreleg in August, will resume training in December with the goal of returning to the races next spring, trainer Rusty Arnold said Monday.

Victory Ride, who on July 28 won the Test, broke her leg during a workout at Saratoga on Aug. 18. Dr. Larry Bramlage operated on Victory Ride the following day, inserting two screws into the cannon bone. Bramlage re-examined Victory Ride last week and, while in town for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, told Arnold she could resume training.

"He thought the X-rays were 100 percent and said [to] put her back into training,'' Arnold said Monday. "Her range of motion and everything seemed fine. I'll pick her up on Dec. 1 and take her to Palm Beach Downs. If she's 100 percent when I train her it'll be very exciting. It was a tough loss.''

Arnold will pick up Victory Ride at owner G. Watts Humphrey's Shawnee Farm in Harrodsburg, Ky. "If everything went right all winter, I'd look to return her here in April.''

Victory Ride, a daughter of Seeking the Gold, had displayed immense talent in four career starts. After an impressive maiden win at Keeneland and an allowance score at Belmont, she was sent off the favorite in the Grade 1 Acorn. She ran second, beaten a neck by Forest Secrets. She came back five weeks later to romp in the Test in a field that included eventual Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-up Xtra Heat.

At the time of the injury, Arnold was preparing Victory Ride for the Gazelle at Belmont, which would have been a prep for the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Although she lost the Acorn, Victory Ride did finish in front of Unbridled Elaine, who won the Distaff.

Lido Palace, You had temperatures

It's a good thing John Amerman did not put up the $800,000 to supplement Lido Palace to the Breeders' Cup Classic. Trainer Bobby Frankel said Lido Palace had a temperature Saturday morning and would not have been able to run. According to Breeders' Cup rules, Amerman would have forfeited one-third, or $266,666, of the supplementary fee.

The temperature should not inhibit Lido Palace from making the Japan Cup in late November. "I think he'll be all right in a few days,'' Frankel said. "They get over it in a hurry.''

Frankel also said You, who finished fourth as the 4-5 favorite in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, came out of her race with a 102.3 degree temperature. Frankel said You would get the rest of the year off.

Miss Linda may try Falls City

Trainer John Kimmel believes the Eclipse Award in the older filly and mare division is still very much an open question. That is one reason why he is likely to send Miss Linda, the Grade 1 Spinster winner, to Churchill Downs for the Falls City Handicap on Thanksgiving Day.

Miss Linda finished sixth in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff, a race in which she raced in traffic for most of the way.

"She likes to have some free space to run,'' Kimmel said. "She was in mid-pack the whole race until inside the three-sixteenths pole. By that time, she had been banged around a bit. She certainly wasn't fatigued. More or less, she never got any clear sailing.''

Kimmel believes a victory in the Falls City could put Miss Linda back in contention for an Eclipse Award. The division certainly lacks a standout with no filly or mare having won more than one Grade 1 race.

Closer to home, Kimmel plans to run Strolling Belle in Saturday's Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap at Aqueduct.

Strolling Belle would be the starting highweight at 118 pounds against a field that is expected to include Search Party (115), Indy Bird (112), Unrestrained (112) and possibly Vitrina Cat (114), Shiny Band (112) and Out of Sync (111).

* Todd Pletcher finished as top trainer at the Belmont fall meet, with 17 wins, three more than Mark Hennig. Jerry Bailey won the riding title with 36 wins, two more than Edgar Prado and John Velazquez.

* Jorge Chavez was to leave New York for Kentucky to start riding regularly at Churchill Downs Tuesday.