02/11/2009 12:00AM

Suave Jazz should feel right at home


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - It has been almost two years since Suave Jazz has raced over Aqueduct's inner track, but if he remembers how much he loves the place, he will be tough to beat in Friday's featured classified allowance race at six furlongs.

In the winter of 2006-07, Suave Jazz reeled off three consecutive victories over the inner track, all when being offered for the optional claiming price of $75,000. Though claiming tags are $100,000 in this spot, Suave Jazz is racing under the money-won allowance condition. Suave Jazz ended a six-race losing streak last month when he rallied to take the $50,000 Fire Plug Stakes at Laurel Park. The Fire Plug is considered a prep for Monday's Grade 2, $150,000 General George at Laurel, but trainer Tony Dutrow felt this was a better spot for Suave Jazz.

"The General George is not realistic," said Dutrow, who is running Lord Snowdon in that race. "This race is right there in his own backyard, he's doing excellent."

Overall, Suave Jazz is 3 for 5 over the inner track, with a second and a third.

Ramon Dominguez, who continued his winning ways with two more wins on Wednesday - his fifth straight multiple-win card - will ride Suave Jazz from post 3.

This spot came up competitive, with the likes of Mr. Madison, Accredit, and Sir Winston in the field.

Mr. Madison has proven to be a sharp claim for owner James Riccio and trainer Gary Contessa. Since taking him for $50,000 last June at Belmont, Mr. Madison has 2 wins, a second and 3 thirds from 6 starts. He is coming off a 3 1/4-length win in a third-level allowance race over the inner track on Dec. 31. He rallied from seven lengths back despite the pace being relatively modest and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 102.

"Judging by the Beyer number, it was pace for that day," Contessa said about the half-mile fraction in 47.40 seconds. "We've seen some pretty slow fractions early on this track."

Pablo Morales will ride Mr. Madison from the rail.

There should be ample pace in this heat, as Accredit and Sir Winston have shown a desire to be on the front end. Accredit has done his best work on wet tracks, going 4 for 4 on such surfaces and 0 for 8 on dry ground. He comes off a last-place finish in the Paumonok Stakes on Jan. 24, a race in which he was dueled into defeat by the talented True Quality. Eddie Castro rides Accredit from post 4.

Sir Winston, trained by Steve Asmussen, had a four-race winning streak snapped when he finished third to Mr. Madison in the Dec. 31 allowance.

Yes It's the Truth, runner-up to Suave Jazz in the Fire Plug, and Dubai Distinction round out the field.