01/09/2006 12:00AM

Owner, trainer enjoy 'Wild' week


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - It was a "wildly" successful week for Ebby Novak's New Farm and trainer Ben Perkins Jr. at Aqueduct.

On Friday, the owner/trainer team won the day's featured entry-level allowance race with Wild Gams. On Sunday, Novak and Perkins struck again when Wild Jam rallied from last to take the $62,250 Brutally Frank Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths over the game Spooky Mulder.

Both winners are homebred offspring of Forest Wildcat.

For Wild Jam, 5, the victory was his second straight and could earn him a spot in the $65,000 Paumonok Handicap back here on Jan. 28. Wild Jam has won his last two starts over the inner track. Last March, he won an allowance race in which he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 100. Sunday, he earned a 94 after running six furlongs in 1:09.86 under Ramon Dominguez. Wild Jam was one of four winners ridden by Dominguez on Sunday's card.

Wild Jam was making just his third start since June. Perkins gave him the summer off because he knew Wild Jam's closing style would not suit Monmouth Park.

"He seems to run over this track," Perkins said. "You have a little more time to close where you don't have to rush as much as you do at Monmouth and The Meadowlands. He likes that style."

Wild Gams is a New Jersey-bred who needed a confidence-builder after getting beat in a pair of stakes at Monmouth and Meadowlands. She stalked the pace before taking over in midstretch and drawing clear. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 71. "We were thinking about stretching her out," Perkins said. "The way she ran maybe we'll point her for something short now."

Wild Gams could be a candidate for the $65,000 Dearly Precious Stakes here on Feb. 20.

Liquor Cabinet still seeks second win

Liquor Cabinet returned from a 13-month layoff the same way he went into it - running second in an allowance race. Wednesday, he'll try again to earn his second lifetime victory when he meets eight rivals in a $46,000 allowance race for horses that have never won two races.

Despite his lengthy layoff, Liquor Cabinet was the 11-10 favorite at this same condition level Dec. 10, but his rally fell short behind Toy Thief. That race was at six furlongs; this one is at a mile and 70 yards. Trainer Mark Hennig adds blinkers to the equipment of Liquor Cabinet, a 5-year-old son of Hennessy.

World Series, a son of A.P. Indy, finished second in this condition and at this distance on Dec. 8, ending up 4 1/4 lengths behind Platinum Tap. World Series was running on Lasix for the first time. He now moves to the cozy rail post for this two-turn assignment.

Aaron's Classic comes off a powerful five-length maiden win, but took advantage of a much swifter pace than he is likely to get in this spot.

Bruno's: Elvis has left the building

Bruno's, the popular 1950's-themed restaurant across the street from Saratoga Race Course, is under new management.

Davis Mead, who is part owner of Siro's, has purchased Bruno's and plans to make it a more attractive place for racing fans. Mead said the restaurant would retain the name Bruno's and keep the same menu.

"The wood-fired pizza is the same, everything else is brand shiny new," said Mead, whose restaurant opened two weeks ago. "It has a horseracing theme instead of the Fifties. The Fifties are over."

Mead said the walls will be filled with racing memorabilia, and the plasma televisions will show all the races available. Mead said Bruno's is currently open for dinner, but when the horses start arriving May 1, it will be open for breakfast as well.