11/20/2006 1:00AM

Lady Jove may get ideal setup


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - In Command, who withstood a long stretch drive to win a maiden sprint first time back from an eight-month layoff, will try to hold form as she steps to the next level in Wednesday's eighth race at Aqueduct.

Among In Command's rivals is Lady Jove, who may get a nice trip behind several speed horses.

Also in the six-furlong optional claimer are Madame Diva, Tax Considerations, and five New York-bred fillies that have run through their restricted conditions.

In Command, trained by Rick Dutrow Jr., drew the outside in post 8, and will again be ridden by Javier Castellano, who was aboard for last month's nose maiden win as a 15-1 longshot at Belmont Park.

Madame Diva has met some tough customers since a fast maiden win at Saratoga in 2005, including stakes winners Trickle of Gold, Magnolia Jackson, and Meribel. She has been idle for three months, since dueling for the lead and finishing second in an off-the-turf sprint at Saratoga - where she has run her best figures.

Tax Considerations tops the field in starts, wins, and earnings, and has finished in the money in four of six starts on Aqueduct's main track, including when she earned her top Beyer Speed Figure.

Lady Jove, the lone entrant entered for the optional $75,000 claiming price, was claimed for $25,000 by Jacqueline Oleanik three starts back. After battling for the early lead and fading to sixth going a mile first time off the claim, she turned back to six furlongs for an off-the-pace victory at 22-1, winning her second-level condition against New York-breds and taking down a $27,000 winner's share.

"I didn't think she was going to like the mile, but I knew on the cutback she'd be a better horse," said Oleanik. "She's a half-sister to Distinctive Kitten, who was a New York-bred stakes filly, so I thought she'd be a good claim based on that."

No fewer than five of Lady Jove's rivals - Stand by the Phone, Tax Considerations, Towering Escape, Madame Diva, and Girl in Uniform - had the lead at the pace call of their last start, and R B's Token also does her best running on the early lead, so Oleanik is hoping another contested pace sets up Lady Jove's late run.

"There's enough speed in the race - there's going to be a couple battling up front," she said. "If they get rated, that will make it tough for them, but easy for her."