04/16/2006 11:00PM

'Phoenix' in third start back


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After a disappointing winter, trainer Jason Servis has gotten off to a strong start at Aqueduct's main-track meeting, saddling three winners from his first six starters.

Servis, who went 4 for 61 over the inner track, will attempt to keep his momentum rolling Wednesday, when he sends out Rises the Phoenix in the $46,000 entry-level allowance feature at 1 1/8 miles. A field of six was entered for the race, which is the penultimate leg of a pick-six sequence that includes a $49,843 carryover.

Last spring, ran the best race of his career over Aqueduct's main track, rolling to an 8 1/2-length victory in a second-level allowance race for New York-breds. That race was run over a muddy track, a condition that won't be prevalent Wednesday.

Still, this will be the third start off a layoff for Rises the Phoenix, who ran better in his first start back than in his second. In that first race, he stalked the pace under jockey Mike Luzzi, made a bid for the lead at the eighth pole, but was outfinished by Monopoly Pricing and Mr. Malaprop, both of whom came back to win. My Husband, who finished seventh in that race, also came back to win and looms the main speed Wednesday.

In his next start, Rises the Phoenix, ridden by Eibar Coa, was hard held behind a slow pace and offered little when the real racing started. He finished last of five, but was only beaten 3 1/2 lengths.

"The last race was weird," Servis said. "They went the half in 50-and-three and he was off the pace. He's doing pretty good now, and he'll be reunited with Luzzi, who rode him well once before."

Rises the Phoenix will probably try to stalk , who is coming off a win for a claiming tag of $35,000. My Husband has yet to try nine furlongs.

Horse-for-course enthusiasts may gravitate toward Dynergy, who makes his first start for trainer Tom Albertrani. is 2 for 2 over Aqueduct's main track, though both races were in sprints. He won his career debut last April, so the seven-week layoff entering this race should be of little concern.

* Wednesday's card features the first 2-year-old race of the year, though it is not in the pick-six sequence. Trainer Tim Salzman sends out the coupled entry of Run Miss Eltishrun and Plumpie.