01/26/2006 12:00AM

Wild Jam goes for biggest win

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Wild Jam wins the Brutally Frank on Jan. 8 off a two-month freshening. He has two wins in four starts over the Big A's inner track.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Ben Perkins Jr. and New Farm have enjoyed tremendous success with precocious, speed-oriented sprinters. Wild Jam was neither precocious nor speedy, but he has been successful nonetheless.

Saturday, the 5-year-old Wild Jam has the opportunity to win his biggest race to date when he meets six rivals in the $65,000 Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct.

, a homebred son of the speed sire Forest Wildcat, is 6 for 18 in his career. After his off-the-pace running style proved ineffective at Monmouth Park, Wild Jam was given most of the summer off before winning an allowance race at Laurel Park in November. Following a two-month freshening, Wild Jam won the Brutally Frank, an overnight stakes here on Jan. 8.

Wild Jam, out of the mare Gold Plum, has two wins in four starts over the inner track with a nose loss and a third-place finish.

"I ran him a couple of times at Monmouth," Perkins said. "He just doesn't run as well there because you have to move a little earlier; he hangs a little bit there. He's more like his mother - he's a tall, leggy horse, so he's not your typical Forest Wildcat."

Wild Jam, who will break from post 7 under Ramon Dominguez, should get ample pace to run at with Banjo Picker and Bishop Court Hill in the field. Banjo Picker shipped in from Philadelphia Park to upset the Gravesend Handicap here at odds of 47-1. In the Gravesend, Banjo Picker was headed by Pioneer Empire before turning back that rival and Saay Mi Name.

"He was dead game," trainer Steven Krebs said of Banjo Picker. "He showed the heart he has. There were a couple of races at Philadelphia Park where he would have horses come up to hook him at the sixteenth pole and he wouldn't let them by."

, trained by Todd Pletcher, could be quicker than Banjo Picker early. A 6-year-old son of Holy Bull, Bishop Court Hill comes off a dead heat for second in the Kennedy Road at Woodbine on Dec. 10. He has not won since taking a fourth-level allowance race going seven furlongs at Saratoga last summer.

Pioneer Empire and Super Fuse are also contenders in the Paumonok. Pioneer Empire lost a head-bob finish in the Gravesend, but has run extremely well in eight starts for trainer Kim Laudati. Super Fuse is only 6 for 40, but was only beaten 1 3/4 lengths in the Gravesend while being bumped at the eighth pole.

Spooky Mulder and Redskin Warrior complete the field.