12/06/2010 2:10PM

Pete's Parley gets back on inner track


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Pete’s Parley’s return to the races was good. His connections hope his return to Aqueduct’s inner track is even better when the 3-year-old son of Freud meets eight other New York-breds in Wednesday featured first-level allowance race.

The six-furlong heat is race eight on a nine-race program that begins the day with a $30,230 pick-six carryover after the wager was not hit Sunday.

After finishing fourth in his debut, Pete’s Parley won a statebred maiden race by 4 1/4 lengths on March 24 over the inner track, pressing a modest pace before drawing clear. He ran the distance in 1:11.83 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 81. The race drew interest from perspective buyers, but during the vetting process a chip was discovered in one of the colt’s ankles, essentially killing any deal.

Joe Aquilino, who trains Pete’s Parley for John Salierno’s Maspeth Stables, had the chip surgically removed. Pete’s Parley returned to the races Nov. 14, chasing a hot early pace before finishing third, two lengths behind Scale. Le Bonnie Vie, second in that race, came back to win this condition on Nov. 25 over the main track.

“In his debut I thought he’d run good, but he’s a big horse that carries a lot of weight,” Aquilino said Monday at blustery Aqueduct. “He runs with a lot of flesh and he probably needed that race. I thought he ran pretty good first time off the layoff, but he probably needed that one, too. He came out of the race good, and he’s trained good to this race.”

Jose Espinoza, who has ridden the horse the last two times, will ride Pete’s Parley from post 4 on Wednesday.

Getting back to the inner track may be a plus for Doast, who won his debut here in March by 4 1/2 lengths before getting time off. When he returned, Doast did so on the turf, winning a $25,000 claiming race before finishing last of 11 in a statebred turf sprint at Belmont in October. He returned to dirt Nov. 25, finishing second to Le Bone Vie. Doast breaks from the rail under Cornelio Velasquez.

Zealous Boy, owned and trained by Peter Kazamias, won his debut last March over the inner track before finishing seventh, 17 lengths behind General Maximus in the New York Stallion Stakes at Belmont. After racing on turf in his last three starts, Zealous Boy returns to dirt and gets the services of leading rider Ramon Dominguez.