09/07/2013 12:45PM

Finger Lakes: Peter's Project enters Tuesday feature on a roll

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Fox Rules, winning the New York Derby last year, is the opponent with the best shot of upsetting Peter's Project on Tuesday.

The addition of Lasix and the switch from sprints to routes has turned Peter’s Project into one of the best young horses on the grounds at Finger Lakes this summer.

After losing his career debut and getting disqualified for slamming into another horse with about a quarter-mile remaining in a 5 1/2-furlong sprint, the 3-year-old Peter’s Project has won three races in a row, all routes, by 10 1/4 lengths or more. He looks to extend that streak in Tuesday’s featured eighth race at 1 1/16 miles in a field of allowance runners that includes 2012 New York Derby winner Fox Rules.

A New York-bred son of Anasheed, Peter’s Project is a big part of the success story this season for Diamond in the Sky Racing Stable and Michael Ferraro. The owner-trainer combination is winning at a 38 percent clip (15 for 39) in 2013.

The conditions of Tuesday’s $21,600 money allowance look like they were written to ensure that Peter’s Project got into the field. The race is restricted to horses who have not won $15,000 twice this year. Peter’s Project picked up first-place prizes of $13,800 and $13,200 for his two allowance victories in August.

In his first start going long and on Lasix, Peter’s Project improved his Beyer Speed Figure 25 points to a 79 when he romped by 13 1/2 lengths against New York-bred maidens. He matched that Beyer while beating open-company allowance foes by 10 1/4 lengths Aug. 10 and improved to an 88 while stepping up one level to score by 14 1/4 lengths Aug. 29.

Ferraro also will saddle Ryan’s Gift, an 11-time winner stretching out off a runner-up finish in a fast six-furlong allowance.

Fox Rules returns to Finger Lakes, where he has run well in all three of his starts. He upset last year’s New York Derby at 12-1, led wire-to-wire against optional $12,000 claimers in June, and almost overcame a poor start to finish a close second in last month’s Genesee Valley Breeders’ Handicap. He comes back to his home base after beating just one horse in a one-mile race on the Tapeta surface at Presque Isle Downs.

The eight-horse field also includes Purge Bird, whose three-race winning streak ended when he missed by a neck while facing statebred allowance runners July 22. That was his only defeat in four tries going two turns at Finger Lakes this season.