12/21/2007 12:00AM

Servis's pair has back class

EmailMIAMI - Safe Play and Chucker, a pair of stakes-tested veterans from the barn of trainer Jason Servis, will get a little class relief in Sunday's optional claiming feature race at Calder. The six-furlong sprint, open to third-level allowance horses and $40,000 claimers, is one of four allowance and optional claiming races on the 12-race card.

Safe Play has faced stakes opposition in each of his last three starts, although he has tailed off since winning the five-furlong My Frenchman Stakes by a neck following a race-long pace duel at Monmouth Park on Aug. 11. Safe Play, a 5-year-old son of Belong to Me claimed for $32,000 in May at Churchill Downs, also won a high-priced optional claiming race this past summer at Monmouth.

Chucker also defeated higher-priced optional claiming foes on two occasions last summer in New Jersey, where he was haltered by Servis for $50,000 out of a 2 3/4-length victory on Aug. 25. The 4-year-old Chucker has started just once since, setting the pace into the stretch before finishing a tiring fourth behind Indy Wind in the 1 1/16-mile Alysheba Stakes at the Meadowlands on Nov. 3.

Servis has named jockey Eibar Coa on both Safe Play and Chucker, an indication that only one of the pair is likely to start.

Whichever of the Servis duo runs will have to beat B L's a Runner. A locally based 4-year-old, B L's a Runner returned from a six-month layoff to finish second behind the odds-on favorite Blue Pepsi Lodge under similar optional claiming conditions on Dec. 2. Blue Pepsi Lodge has since returned to win an overnight stakes.

B L's a Runner indicated he remains sharp for his second start off the layoff when he worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 at Calder earlier this week.

Villainage has failed to reproduce the form at 3 that saw him become one of the top 2-year-olds in south Florida in 2006. Villainage has gone winless in five starts since capturing his 3-year-old debut on June 25, but should come running through the stretch as he cuts back to six furlongs off a steady diet of two-turn races.

No More Masters returns to allowance company after finishing far back in the Grade 3 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap. No More Masters had registered easy victories against first- and second-level allowance opposition going six furlongs in his two previous starts before the Noe.