07/02/2007 11:00PM

Pletcher filly quite playable


CHICAGO - Todd Pletcher won both 2-year-old stakes races Sunday at Belmont Park. Saturday, he ran second in the Grade 1 Suburban there, while winning an overnight stakes race at Arlington with Throng. A soft entry-level allowance race may only be a tiny blip on the Pletcher radar screen, but Arlington players will have to figure out what to do with Pletcher's entrant Unenchantedevening in the featured eighth race on Thursday.

Unenchantedevening was one of eight fillies and mares entered in a 6o1/2-furlong Polytrack allowance race, and of course, since she is trained by Pletcher and ridden by Rene Douglas, Unenchantedevening will take betting action - plenty of it, and for good reason. Pletcher is a .280 batter overall in 2007, but Daily Racing Form trainer stats show that allowance races are one of his specialties. Pletcher has won with 30 percent of his last 470 allowance-race starters, and this is the rare area where a bettor would not lose money making a bet on every Pletcher horse; his allowance-race return on investment stands at an even $2.

Because she finished a distant fifth of 10 in her last start, and because another high-percentage, high-profile barn - that of Tom Amoss - sends out Sky, also a logical contender, Unenchantedevening might be a slightly better price than many of the perceived Pletcher-Douglas slam dunks this meet. Unenchantedevening, an Unbridled's Song filly, debuted last September at Belmont with a second to the good filly Dream Rush, but needed four tries to win a maiden race, doing so May 13 going one mile at Belmont. Her fifth-place finish came just three weeks ago at Belmont, and Unenchantedevening is a recent arrival to Pletcher's Arlington string. It's possible she benefits both from a move to Polytrack and a turn back in distance to 6 1/2 furlongs. Up on the pace in her pair of Belmont miles, Unenchantedevening should revert to a stalking style Thursday.

The Amoss barn claimed Sky out of a recent win over $30,000 nonwinners-of-three claiming foes at Churchill. Amoss is one of the best off the claim, and pretty much everyone knows it: His ROI in that category stands at a paltry $1.43. Sky has run decently on Polytrack in the past, but her two recent Churchill dirt races look as good as anything she has done on all-weather courses, and Sky has had plenty of cracks at the entry-level allowance condition.