07/14/2005 11:00PM

Wimbledon comes back in allowance

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VALLEJO, Calif. - Although not a stakes race, Sunday's feature at the Solano County Fair may be the best race of the meeting.

Only five are signed up for the 1 1/16-mile second-level allowance, but the field includes comebacking Wimbledon, who makes his first start since injuring a tendon last year.

Trainer Tom Roberts said he is excited about Wimbledon, whose biggest win last year came in the Louisiana Derby.

"He's a cool horse," Roberts said. "He has so much class.

"He has a nice bottom, and he's working well. We're lucky he still qualifies for [Sunday's race]. I'm apprehensive, because it's tough to win coming back from a 15-month layoff. I hope he's talented enough to beat these."

Roberts said Wimbledon should benefit from training on the Solano County Fair track.

"I've always liked the track at Vallejo," he said. "There's not a lot of sand in it, and that will help a horse that has had tendon problems."

Also in the field are the unbeaten 3-year-old Sabi Sand, who guns for his third straight victory as he tries two turns for the first time; Point of Flight, who has won his last two starts on the main track; and the 3-year-old King Mobay.

Despite the presence of Wimbledon and the credentials of the others, Bells Fool may be the one to beat.

Bells Fool has never finished off the board since being claimed by Kent Molinaro for $20,000 last December. He has won his past two starts, including a 15-length romp July 4, when Molinaro took advantage of a loophole in fair racing rules and ran him in a starter allowance race for horses who had run for an $8,000 claiming tag in the past two years. Before that, Bells Fool won a first-level allowance and earlier ran second to Aces Blue, who went south to win the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy.

Bells Fool is also the lone speed in the race.

Molinaro said he liked the fact Bells Fool was "going the right way" when he claimed him and says exercise rider Rito Sosa has been instrumental in helping Bells Fool get over "mental problems" and relax better early.

Sabi Sand, owned and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, is the best 3-year-old in northern California not named Lost in the Fog. He came from off the pace to win his first two starts, both sprints.