11/13/2007 12:00AM

Beaten favorite Lady Limit offers value

EmailOZONE PARK, N.Y. - Handicappers may throw up their hands in resignation as they navigate through two competitive optional claiming races that make up Thursday's late daily double.

In race 8, a $55,000 sprint at six furlongs with first-level conditions, six of the eight fillies have a top Beyer Speed Figure in the 74-78 range at least once in their last three starts. Lady Limit returned from a layoff with two fifth-place finishes on turf and wet dirt recently, and was off slowly from the rail each time. Installed as the 6-5 choice last out, she finished well back of the improved Sneaky Girl after dueling for the lead. Based on her fast-track form, however, she could offer value as she moves to the outside post for the rematch.

A case can also be made for several others, including Excitable Miss, Sister Desiree, and Are We Dreamin. Are We Dreamin was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Atreo Persaud at Saratoga, and won two starts later against restricted claiming sprinters on turf at Belmont. Consistent and durable, Are We Dreamin has the field's best last-out Beyer, and makes her 15th start as a 3-year-old.

"She should do good in there," said Persaud, an under-the-radar trainer who has had a solid year in New York, and who saddles two other hard-knocking runners on the card - Can't Refuse and Fit Faze.

Can't Refuse is one of the top contenders in race 9, a $52,000 second-level condition for New York-breds scheduled for a mile on turf. Can't Refuse makes his 15th start of the year, and has won 3 of his last 6 - all close decisions - at odds ranging from 9-2 to 10-1.

"I think a mile and a sixteenth was a little too long for him the last time," said Persaud, referring to a fifth-place finish on Nov. 4. "The mile should be right up his alley."

Nine others are entered for turf. Zip to the City, who was vastly improved in two late-summer turf starts, may rule a slight favorite.

Other contenders include Theconfidenceman, Charimount, Quick Comeback, and the remarkably consistent S.S. Crafty, whose nine turf Beyers have all been in the 75-79 range.

In race 3, a bread-and-butter $20,000 claimer out of the chute, the Persaud-trained Fit Faze makes his 18th start of the year. The deep-closing Fit Faze won at prices of $24, $14.60, and $12.60 during the first half of the year, but hasn't been as sharp since then.