03/21/2005 12:00AM

'Rite' should relish return to main strip


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Horses with poor form over Aqueduct's inner track can often prove quite playable when they return to the main track. Such could be the case for Our Rite of Spring, who may offer some value when she returns to the main track in Wednesday's featured $48,000 third-level allowance race.

Following a three-day break, racing returns at Aqueduct with a pick-six carryover of $68,250.

Adding to the appeal of is a forecast that calls for rain on Wednesday. Our Rite of Spring's last two wins have come over off surfaces.

In fact, Our Rite of Spring ran the best race of her career last Nov. 12, winning a one-mile, entry-level allowance race by 12 3/4 lengths over a sloppy main track. She followed that with a win over a muddy inner track in the Exogenous Stakes.

In her last two starts over the inner track, however, Our Rite of Spring was soundly beaten by Think Fast, a mare trained by Michael Hushion. In addition to running against a razor-sharp mare, Steve Moyer, assistant to trainer Jimmy Jerkens, said he believes Our Rite of Spring was compromised by not handling a dry, loose, and cuppy inner track.

"She loves it wet, she loves the one-turn mile, and we've sharpened her up some,'' said Moyer, noting that Our Rite of Spring breezed three-eighths in 37.20 seconds on March 14. "Can she revert to her previous form? We think she's capable.''

Moyer added that Our Rite of Spring "wasn't as sharp'' during the cold winter months as she was last fall. Unfortunately, Wednesday's high is only expected to be 41 degrees.

Though she won an allowance race over the inner track in January, After the Tone won't mind returning to the main track. Two of her last three victories have come in off-the-turf races run over the main track.

, who figures to stalk Our Rite of Spring, will be coupled in the wagering with Freeroll, who won an entry-level allowance race over a muddy main track in the fall of 2003.

is 2 for 2 over Aqueduct's main track, but would prefer a dry surface. She is also under consideration to scratch from Wednesday's race to run in Friday's Grade 3, $100,000 Next Move Handicap.

Trainer Jennifer Pedersen entered Georgetown Gal and Say Hey Willie in Wednesday's allowance feature, but plans to run only Georgetown Gal. She believes Georgetown Gal will appreciate moisture in the surface.

Meadow Fox and Traci Girl complete the field.