06/13/2001 12:00AM

Near-opposites should attract action


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - One career is just getting started, another is starting to wind down. In fact, Above Perfection and Jazznwithwindy share little in common except being female. When they compete in separate races Friday at Hollywood Park however, they may have to share in the applause.

Above Perfection, a wickedly fast 3-year-old, will be starting for only the third time in race one, a first-condition allowance for fillies and mares at seven furlongs. Jazznwithwindy, a veteran 7-year-old, will be making her 65th career start in race seven, an optional allowance/claimer turf sprint for fillies and mares.

Both will be heavily backed on the twilight program, which also features a first-level allowance for 3-year-old turf runners in race five. First post is 3:30 p.m., and the card gets off to a fast start with a potential heir to the CalifornIa-bred 3-year-old filly division. Although she is far from matching the achievements of retired Golden Ballet, a splashy comeback will have bettors willing to accept a short price on Above Perfection.

Off five months before her May 10 return, Above Perfection blitzed her Cal-bred rivals in a blistering 1:09.17. Only four horses this meet have run faster, three of them (Squirtle Squirt, Caller One, Go Go) graded stakes winners. The victory earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 104 and was so impressive that owners David and Rita Milch, with trainer Darrell Vienna, purchased Above Perfection for an undisclosed sum soon after the race.

Previously trained by Don Warren and owned by the Old English Rancho connections who bred her, Above Perfection faces five rivals Friday. They include impressive debut winner Cow in Solana, comebacker Red Hot and Blue, and three others.

Above Perfection is drawn outside and easily tractable. If she duplicates her comeback, the only questions are how far Laffit Pincay Jr. will allow her to win by, and how low her odds will be.

Jazznwithwindy is not quite the standout in race seven. But even if she lacks brilliance, she has earned a reputation as one of the most honest and durable mares in Southern California. Owned by a partnership that includes La Canada Stables, and trained by Jack Carava, Jazznwithwindy steps up in class after scoring her 17th career win May 24 on the same course she will run over Friday.

Back aboard is jockey Martin Pedroza, who deserves much of the credit for Jazznwithwindy's latest victory. Breaking from post 1, he used her early to establish position, skimmed the rail throughout the race, and won by a head. She breaks Friday from post 3.