12/26/2008 12:00AM

$150,000 carryover up for grabs


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Following an 11-day break at Aqueduct, horseplayers are naturally champing at the bit to get back in action as racing resumes Friday with a nine-race card that includes a tantalizing pick six carryover of $150,027.

The pick six went unhit over the weekend of Dec. 13-14 as the percentage of winning favorites fell from above 40 percent to a more inner-track-like 37 percent. As usual, the pick six will be on the final six races on the card, with post time for the first leg scheduled for 1:52 p.m. Eastern.

The forecast for Friday is for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 38 degrees and only a 10 percent chance of precipitation. Here's a look at the pick six sequence:

Race 4: Could do worse for a single than Brother of Gold, who was disqualified from first when beating open $20,000 maiden claimers last out. He now shortens up a sixteenth of a mile and drops into a New York-bred $25,000 maiden claimer for leading trainer Gary Contessa. Tony the Terio, who has two decent races over the inner track from last winter, returns from six-month layoff for low-profile connections. Collooney County is the only one dropping from maiden special weight company. However, he has only finished ahead of four horses in six-race career. Living Out a Dream's last race two races make him competitive with these.

Race 5: Smokin Warrior returns from Penn National and drops to a bottom-level claimer for trainer David Jacobson, whose best game is dropping them down. Methodtomymadness could prove to be main speed under C.C. Lopez and has run well over the inner. Vicarino drops to the lowest level of his career after showing nothing for connections who bought him privately in the summer.

Race 6: Despite terrible form, Birthday Balloonz could merit single status based on trainer Bruce Levine's 5-for-7 record the last three years with runners dropping from maiden special weight to maiden claiming and making their first start for him. Moment Sensor is the only other one to consider as he switches to Bruce Brown and takes a slight drop after trouble in his debut.

Race 7: Dynamite Jewel returns to trainer Dominic Galluscio, who saddled him to a maiden win over the inner track in February. Expect a front-running ride from Lopez from rail. Madam Commander's lone win from 16 lifetime starts came over the inner track in March. Warrior Miss goes turf-to-dirt off a win and is one of two mounts on the card for Florida-bound Alan Garcia. Linda's Baby, the only multiplewinner in the race, was compromised from post 11 last out. Previous two efforts put her right there.

Race 8: Noble Sound lived up to his $2.8 million price tag for Darley Stable in a belated debut. Rodman may have needed his last race when finishing a tiring fourth. M.J.'s Enchanteur has won 3 of 6 - all minor stakes - and is likely a pace factor under Lopez. Raised for Speed ships in for Steve Klesaris and attracts Ramon Dominguez, who won on him at Delaware. On With It reeled off three straight wins for Linda Rice in fall; returns from freshening.

Race 9: Fly the North Wind ran several respectable races over the inner track last winter and drops to the level of a blowout victory at Belmont in October. Post is a concern. Express to Thewest goes turf to dirt and drops in class, a move that resulted in an off-the-turf win at Belmont in September. All in No Outs may not have appreciated a six-day turnaround when fifth as favorite at this level in November. Owns a win over the inner track. Sumphin is worth consideration if he is able to draw in from the also-eligible list.