11/14/2006 1:00AM

Wadekar's task softer than last time


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Wadekar competed against quality opposition in a recent $80,000 claimer and should be a factor in Thursday's Woodbine feature, a 6 1/2-furlong allowance.

Wadekar nearly won an $80,000 claimer, run on the inner dirt track Aug. 16, following a layoff. Two weeks later, he won a first-level allowance over 6 1/2 furlongs on the all-weather surface, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 76.

Last time, going six furlongs in an $80,000 claimer, Wadekar awaited room on the turn and wound up fourth behind stakes winner Atlas Shrugs and Victoria's Boy, who subsequently won an $80,000 optional claimer.

Apprentice Tyler Pizarro, who has been picking up steam, rides Wadekar, a 3-year-old trained by Steve Attard.

Among others entered are Ports N Porsches, Biblical Times, Nikey Missile, Truly an Honour, and Laughing Moon.

Ports N Porsches finished second in the 2005 Display Stakes and won his 2006 opener in a six-furlong allowance in April. He struggled this summer on the grass and over the inner track, but has run two respectable races over the Polytrack, including a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Ontario Derby.

Constant Montpellier will get a leg up from trainer Dave Cotey on Ports N Porsches, who probably prefers to race at a middle distance.

Biblical Times figures to set the pace under David Clark. His efforts in allowance company were far from his best, but he did win a $40,000 conditioned claimer with a solid Beyer Oct. 22. His trainer, Yvon Belsoeur, has been first or second with 19 of his 43 starters at the meeting.

Nikey Missile, second in the 2004 Coronation Futurity, has 1 win from 12 starts this year. He never fired in a $40,000 claimer over a speed-favoring track Nov. 3, but was third under identical conditions as these in his previous start.

Truly an Honour won his debut at Canterbury in August and went on to finish third in a rapidly run allowance at Remington Park. He led throughout a six-furlong allowance for nonwinners of two in his local debut, but was ineffective in a subsequent $62,500 optional claimer.

Laughing Moon hit the top three in each of his three starts on the old main track in May, but has struggled on the Polytrack. He shortens up from a route to a sprint, an angle that's been successful for his trainer, Joe Walls.