09/27/2004 12:00AM

Wet track would give 'Tiger' a boost


ELMONT, N.Y. - The remnants of Hurricane Jeanne were expected to bring as much as two inches of rain to the New York area on Tuesday. If that forecast holds true, Wednesday's card figures to be run under wet-track conditions.

An off track would move Some Kind of Tiger way up in Wednesday's featured $52,000 third-level allowance race at Belmont Park. A field of six was entered for the 1 1/16-mile race, which also offers trainers the option of making their horses eligible to be claimed for $85,000. Two runners are in for the claiming price.

Though is a half-brother to European turf stakes winners Balanchine and Romanov, his success has come primarily on wet dirt tracks. He is 2 for 2 over the off going at Belmont, winning a first-level allowance by 12 3/4 lengths in May and a second-level allowance by six lengths in July. Both races were originally carded for turf.

When trainer Michael Hushion finally got Some Kind of Tiger on the turf, he tired to last after dueling for the lead in the John's Call Stakes at Saratoga. That race was run at 1 5/8 miles over yielding turf.

Both of Some Kind of Tiger's victories have come in front-running fashion, but it's debatable whether he can get the lead in this heat. Admiralty Arch raced on the pace the last time he ran at Belmont, finishing second to Powerful Touch, who came back to win again.

is 3-2-0 from five starts at Belmont, and was placed first in a third-level allowance in the Saratoga mud on July 28. Like Some Kind of Tiger, Admiralty Arch enters this race off a poor effort on the turf.

won two straight claiming races for trainer Scott Lake, and now goes first off the claim for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. The stalking style with which he won a $45,000 claiming race here on July 18 may serve him best in this spot. Edgar Prado rides from post 5. Classic Endeavor is in for the $85,000 claiming tag.

would be the horse to beat on a dry track. In the spring, Country Judge went 2 for 3 at Belmont, with his only loss coming to Eye of the Tiger, who came back to win the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington. Country Judge has not been successful on a wet track, however. This will be his first start since running third at this condition on Aug. 5 at Saratoga.

Valleyman, a Philadelphia shipper, and Patriotic Flame, in for the $85,000 claiming tag, complete the field.