LAUREL, MD. 01-17-09----Last in a field of six and pinned down on the rail, Michael Dubb’s Suave Jazz powered through a narrow opening at the furlong pole and drew off to win the $50,000 Fire Plug Stakes this afternoon at Laurel Park.

Ridden by Jeremy Rose, Suave Jazz had traveled from New York to beat five older horses for trainer Tony Dutrow. The 6-year-old son of Suave Prospect was winning for the first time since November 2007, posting a two length victory in 1:10.96 for the six furlong distance. Yes It’s the Truth edged Springs Road for second. Suave Jazz paid $4.60 and topped a $31.80 exacta and $251 trifecta.

“I was very impressed,” Rose said. “I’ve ridden against him and I have been on good horses where he has beaten me. He sat in the pocket nice. Tony had him on his toes. It went pretty easy. Coming into the lane I was glad to see the horse in front of me decide to go around and I felt if I sat in there I win. That was my best shot of winning.”

Suave Jazz moved over the half-million dollar win mark with the victory. This was his twelfth win in thirty-five starts. The 6-year-old gelding finished second in a pair of graded races: 2008 Maryland Sprint Handicap (Grade III) and 2007 True North Handicap (Grade II) during his career.

“Every time he goes out he does things the best he can,” assistant-trainer Tom Iannotti said. “He had a little bit of hard luck last year (when he was 0-for-six), but when he doesn’t win you really can’t fault him because he gives everything he can all the time.”

Rose, Dutrow and Dubb captured the Native Dancer Stakes two weeks ago with Lord Snowdon and are expected back at Laurel next month for the Grade II General George Handicap with that sprinter. The $150,000 event at 7-furlongs will be run Monday, February 16.

“This was a nice win but I am not sure Tony would want to run two horses with the same kind of style but that is up to him and Mr. Dubb,” added Iannotti. “I think we can find other spots for Suave Jazz. Lord Snowdon’s game is seven-eighths.”


The Scott Lake barn visited the winners’ circle four times on the Saturday card, including the first three races of the afternoon. Smart ‘n Feisty ($6.20-first), Sea Cat ($3.40-second), Lite Up The Nite ($4.60-third) and Jen’s Revenge ($6.60-seventh) reached the wire first. Abel Castellano rode three of the winners.

After a slow start to the new year when Lake began 0-for-18 at Laurel Park, the barn is heating up with eight first place finishes from its last 16 Maryland starters to lead all conditioners in wins.

Lake added another score at Philadelphia Park this afternoon and his five-win day helped him move into second place in the national standings behind Steve Asmussen. Lake has finished first or second in wins nationally every year during this decade. He ranks seventh on the all-time win list with 4,520.


Laurel Park will offer a nine-race card Monday afternoon, January 19 for the Martin Luther King holiday. The Maryland Jockey Club will honor Robert Cole, the nation’s winningest owner in 2008, after the third race.