02/13/2013 2:52PM

Aqueduct: Zero Yield new player in re-drawn allowance on Friday


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – If Friday’s card at Aqueduct looks familiar, well, it should. Seven of the 10 races have been brought back from last week when a winter storm forced the track to cancel live racing Feb. 8 and 9.

Three of the races have been brought back from the Feb. 8 card, including the $69,000 second-level allowance/optional claiming feature going a mile over the inner track.

The race was re-drawn and attracted five of the six horses originally entered, including probable favorite Centrique, a winner of five of her last six starts.

But the race picked up an intriguing new face in Zero Yield, who has won two straight and goes out for the streaking Jamie Ness stable. Zero Yield, one of two horses entered for the optional claiming price of $62,500, could play out as the primary speed breaking from the rail under Pablo Morales.

“That’s probably what we’re going to do, play catch me if you can,” said Ness, who has won with four of his last five starters on this circuit. “If she’s good enough, she’ll be fine. She’s getting the class test.”

Ness claimed Zero Yield for $25,000 on Dec. 28, a day Zero Yield stretched out in distance for the first time and won a 1 1/16-mile race by 5 1/2 lengths. Ness ran her back in the same kind of optional claimer on Jan. 30 – only not for the claiming price – and Zero Yield waltzed to a front-running four-length victory.

Ness said it was too soon to run Zero Yield back in the Feb. 8 race, and he even is leery of the timing of this race.

“I still feel it’s back a touch quick, but the next two-other-than isn’t for another three or four weeks and I didn’t want to wait that long,” Ness said.

Centrique successfully stretched out from six furlongs to a mile and 70 yards last time, coming from off the pace to win a starter handicap by 6 1/4 lengths on Jan. 10.

Centrique, trained by John Parisella, carried 124 pounds that day. Friday, she is in with 115 pounds as Parisella has named apprentice Jose Ortiz on the filly. Ortiz is the second-leading rider at the meet, trailing only his brother Irad by five wins.

Centrique, who had the rail for this race last week, is drawn in post 2 on Friday.

Two horses formerly trained by suspended Richard Dutrow Jr. go out for other trainers in this spot.

Royal Lahaina, a six-length winner over the inner track on Dec. 14, goes out for Rudy Rodriguez, the leading trainer at the meet with 21 wins. Royal Lahaina, who will be ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, is in for the $62,500 claiming price.

Hard Life, fourth in this condition in the mud on Dec. 27, makes her first start for trainer Bruce Levine.

Coco Ecolo, away since June, and Lead Me On, an allowance winner sprinting last out, complete the field.