02/21/2002 12:00AM

'Duddly'a danger if he's fit off layoff


PHOENIX - Coming back is the underlying theme to Saturday's $30,000 Palo Verde Handicap at Turf Paradise.

* Can Duddly Doo Run return to the site of his fine maiden win last spring and pick up where he left off after a good campaign in northern California?

* Can Jetson return to his best form now that he is back doing what he likes best, namely sprinting?

Those are just a couple of the questions for the nine 3-year-olds entered in the 6 1/2-furlong Palo Verde. Jetson, on the strength of a resume that includes three sprint stakes wins at Turf Paradise, carries high weight of 122 pounds. Duddly Doo Run, last seen winning in northern California in August, gets in at 120.

But it's Duddly Doo Run who may well attract the most money. Trained by Boyd Shuldberg, he debuted here last April, easily winning a maiden race. He then shipped to the northern California fair circuit.

Making his first start in three months in the July 6 Everett Nevin at Pleasanton, he did well to finish third. On Aug. 5, Duddly Do Run ran well again in the Redwood Empire at Santa Rosa. He was a fast-closing second to Kiss an Angel, earning an 83 Beyer Speed Figure.

Three weeks later, Duddly Doo Run won a one-other-than allowance, posting a Beyer of 81.

Unraced since then, he resurfaces with plenty of drills in tow. If he is ready, he is scary. Seth Martinez rides from post 2.

But Jetson isn't going down without a fight. Trained by Joseph Johnson, Jetson has won half his 10 starts, but his form hasn't been as good this year while routing. He was a no-threat second to Lusty Latin in the mile Rattlesnake on Jan. 13, then did a sizzle and fizzle in the Turf Paradise Derby on Feb. 2.

Johnson turns him back to one turn, where the horse is 5 for 8, including four straight wins before a brief vacation from the end of November through early January. He has prepped well of late.

Down the Canyon, coming off a smart allowance win, and Road Grader, coming off a nice win over restricted claimers, loom potential upsetters. But maybe the most intriguing entrant is Flying Supercon.

Flying Supercon looked super in his only start on Jan. 28, beating maidens by six despite having the disadvantageous rail. He won geared down, earning a Beyer of 80. Surely the water's deeper here, but there is no telling how good Flying Supercon might be. He has also drawn well - post 9 - under Miguel Hernandez and 115 pounds.