Now that the third quarter has drawn to a close and we have updated our mutual-fund ratings, it's time to look back at how the 437 fund families TheStreet.com Ratings tracks have placed in our "ultra" fund family contest.To be considered an "ultra" fund family, an investment house needs to place more funds on our quarterly list of the top 200 open-end funds than its peers. That list is being published in the Fall 2007 edition of our TheStreet.com Ratings Guide to Stock Mutual Funds, available for purchase from Grey House Publishing (518-789-8700) or for free at the reference desk of your public library. There's been a subtle but significant innovation in our methodology: we are now using a single, primary share class to represent each fund in the rankings. Previously, every share class of a fund, with a high enough rating could be listed in the top 200 table. Now only the primary share class makes the list. The change eliminates a valid criticism that multi-share fund classes were skewing the results for a portion of the competition. The outcome is a dramatic reshuffling of the leaders. Whenever possible, the selected fund is one that a retail investor might choose. As this share class may not be the appropriate one for you, please consult with your financial adviser, the fund company, and the fund's prospectus before buying any investment vehicle.