10/13/2009 12:00AM

A P Valor hunting for a win


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A P Valor seeks a long-overdue victory in Thursday's third race at Woodbine, a $25,000 claimer for nonwinners of two, and drew well on the outside in the six-furlong Polytrack sprint.

A P Valor, a 5-year-old gelding, has started 34 times, all for trainer Joe Walls. He has four seconds and six third-place finishes to go along with his maiden win, which came over seven furlongs on the grass in his 18th start in July of last year.

After ending up on the edges in several first-level allowances last fall, A P Valor dropped in for $40,000 in November, but could manage only a fourth-place finish in two starts at that price.

A P Valor earned three straight 70-plus Beyer Speed Figures to begin his current campaign, although he was a nonfactor in those races. He got drilled in three consecutive turf outings in June and July, but snapped out of his slump by running second in a $25,000 conditioned claimer on the Polytrack on Aug. 13.

After another dreadful turf effort Aug. 30, A P Valor was a fast-closing second in a race identical to Thursday's on Sept. 30. He was beaten a nose then, earning a 77 Beyer in his third consecutive start with apprentice Caroline Duquet aboard.

A P Valor gets in light again on Thursday under Duquet, who has three in-the-money placings from nine mounts for Walls.

Many will put A P Valor on the bottom of vertical wagers, and use horses like No More Tears, Tin Pan Alley Cat, Veridicus, and Convoy Boy in the top spot.

No More Tears was a bit player in maiden special company on the Poly during the spring, and graduated over $40,000 maidens on the grass in August. Most recently, he dueled up front along the rail before fading to second in a $40,000 nonwinners-of-two route on the grass.

Tin Pan Alley Cat toppled $32,000 maidens traveling six furlongs on the Poly in August before a dull turf attempt. He was a much-improved fourth Sept. 30, beaten a half-length by A P Valor.

Veridicus graduated second time out in July, and got a 77 Beyer when he ran second to the talented Counter Move in a $50,000 claimer for 3-year-olds Aug. 16. He has regressed since then, and is dropping to a new low.

Convoy Boy crushed $16,000 maidens following a six-month layoff in his first start off the claim Sept. 17.