12/31/2004 12:00AM

Yesss tries to overcomelayoff


PORTLAND, Ore. - Yesss will return to action in Sunday's best race at Portland Meadows, a one-mile invitational handicap that has attracted a field of six older runners.

Yesss has been absent since running a troubled second in the fog-shrouded Thanksgiving Handicap at a mile on Nov. 26, but not by his owner's choosing. Owner Delmer Webb entered the 7-year-old Yesss in the Oregon Sprint Championship on Dec. 11, but the race was canceled when only three challengers signed on.

Yesss seems certain to be favored off his stellar record of 12 wins from 33 starts at Portland Meadows, including a half-dozen stakes wins. He has not won in three starts at the current stand, but he finished second to Slewicide Cruise in the Inaugural Handicap and second to Table Me N Saros in the Thanksgiving Handicap. In the Thanksgiving, Yesss was forced to take up sharply after being crowded on the rail at the six-furlong pole, according to rider Debbie Hoonan.

Yesss might get his sternest challenge from the 4-year-old Might E Man, who won the Oregon His Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 11 in his first start since last April. Might E Man, who is trained by Ben Root, won last year's Preview Stakes and ran second in the Oregon Derby before taking the summer and fall off.

Also a threat is Parisian Slew, a 6 1/2-length winner over allowance rivals in his first mile try here on Dec. 26, when he got the distance in 1:39.20 to earn a Beyer of 77.