04/26/2006 12:00AM

Guessing who's ready to fire fresh

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AUBURN, Wash. - An intriguing band of eight fillies and mares each seek a second career win in Friday's feature at Emerald Downs, a $25,000 claiming race at 5 1/2 furlongs.

All of the entrants are coming off a layoff, but those layoffs range in duration from seven to 31 months. The 5-year-old Centerpiece, from the barn of trainer Bill Smith, takes the prize for being away the longest. She has not raced since October 2003, when she finished fifth in the $80,000 Cover Gal Stakes at Santa Anita. In her previous start, Centerpiece defeated $40,000 California-bred maidens at Del Mar by more than eight lengths.

Also returning after more than a year on the sidelines is T's So Shy, who was a promising 2-year-old here in 2004. T's So Shy, trained by Richard Wright, won her debut here at 4 1/2 furlongs, then came back to show the way in the 6 1/2-furlong Knights Choice Stakes for Washington-breds before settling for third behind Queenledo.

Those with the most recent racing in the field are Don't Ignore Me and Northwest Bound, both of whom were in action here last October. Don't Ignore Me, who is trained by Larry Wolf, won at the $12,500 maiden claiming level in her first start of 2005. Northwest Bound, who is trained by Rosie Simpkins, won 1 of 4 starts here last season as a 3-year-old, collecting her maiden win at the $15,000 level.