02/28/2008 12:00AM

Peteadoris tough to beat at low odds


It would be fair to say that Peteadoris takes a class drop when he starts Saturday at Fair Grounds in the Gentilly Stakes. The $60,000 Gentilly is carded for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds at 1o1/16 miles on turf, and in his most recent start, Peteadoris ran against some of the best 3-year-olds in the country, finishing a respectable eighth behind Pyro and others in the Grade 3 Risen Star Stakes.

The Gentilly goes as race 9, and shares top billing on Saturday's solid 10-race program with race 3, the Sarah Lane's Oates, another $60,000 grass race, this one for Louisiana-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Peteadoris, bred by Ralph Wadleigh, and owned by Wadleigh and Sidney Yuratich, is a Louisiana-bred in name only, being by the top sire Smart Strike and out of a Saratoga Six mare. Peteadoris debuted last summer at Louisiana Downs for trainer Kelly Broussard, but wasn't quite ready to be a racehorse, finishing a distant second sprinting on dirt in his debut, and a well-beaten fourth in a two-turn turf maiden race in his second start.

When Peteadoris showed up at Fair Grounds, it was for trainer Tom Amoss, and with a decidedly more determined approach. He rated off a slow pace and rallied well to win a two-turn dirt maiden race on Nov. 29, and came back Jan. 6 with an even better effort in an entry-level allowance race at two turns on turf. Now, Peteadoris has changed barns again, and starts Saturday for trainer Eddie Johnston. He'll be ridden for the first time by Robby Albarado, and looks difficult to get around at a short price.

Texeira won very well in a Jan. 17 allowance race at two turns on dirt, but was no match for Peteadoris in the January turf race, and may be better suited to the main track. Pantara Phantom, a regular in Louisiana-bred stakes races, is in good form, but faded after setting a moderate pace in his lone turf try, albeit against open company. Pantara Phantom is by the good grass sire Stormy Atlantic, however, and has a chance to upset Peteadoris under the right circumstances.

Sarah Lane's Oates favorite is vulnerable

Meanwhile, the likely favorite in the Sarah Lane's Oates, Clouds in the Sky, might be more vulnerable to defeat than Peteadoris, having only a maiden win on her resume. Of course, that win came by 10 lengths, a hefty margin for a grass race, but Clouds in the Sky might not be quite as dominant as her recent blowout victory suggests.

For one thing, the victory came on a wet turf course that Clouds in the Sky clearly handled, while others may have struggled. And as for those others, many were of suspect quality.

Breaking two stalls outside Clouds in the Sky, and on the far outside of a seven-horse field, is a longer-priced contender, E Z Time, who won her maiden impressively on Jan. 27 at Fair Grounds and is bred to excel in her turf debut.

Rail-drawn Runaway From Itall actually beat Clouds in the Sky in a Jan. 13 Louisiana-bred turf maiden, albeit in a race where Clouds in the Sky had compromising trouble. But Runaway From Itall had trouble of her own, trying to rally from last place behind a false pace in a turf-sprint allowance race on Feb. 15 at Fair Grounds.