05/02/2004 11:00PM

$268K pick six carryover


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Besides the tens of millions of dollars they spent at hotels, restaurants, and Churchill Downs, fans who jammed into Louisville for the 130th Kentucky Derby also left behind a nice little parting gift: a sizable pick six jackpot for the everyday player.

A $268,246 carryover stands out as the primary allure to a 10-race Wednesday card at Churchill, where the post-Derby segment of the spring meet gets under way after the customary three-day break. Fans intent on getting a head start on handicapping the pick six have had plenty of time to do so, since entries were drawn last Thursday, six days beforehand.

The final six races of the day make up the pick six, starting with race 5. First post is 1:15 p.m. Eastern, with the fifth race set for 3:15.

Here is a brief look at each pick six race:

Race 5: Reformer, Everything Wild, and Iceman Runneth are three class- droppers who could be competitive in this $15,000 maiden-claiming route. Quite a few others have run at least respectably well at this same level, making for a rugged start to filling out a pick six ticket.

Race 6: Red Wing Evan has finished first in each of his last four starts (although he was disqualified in one of them), and with Pat Day aboard, he could end up being a single on many tickets.

Race 7: Image, who has had a productive career at higher class levels on grass, returns to his favored surface after a recent throwout loss on the dirt. If weather forces this starter allowance to the main track - and the forecast called for a possibility of showers both Tuesday and Wednesday - then the race suddenly gets much more wideopen.

Race 8: Wings on Springs looked sensational in earning a 93 Beyer Speed Figure when he recently won off a layoff but now steps in against horses who have been facing tougher. This figures to be one of the more difficult races for players to get their arms around.

Race 9: Clear Destiny really came to hand last summer but disappeared after that, making her just one of a handful of logical contenders in this nominal feature, a $56,700 allowance route with optional-claiming conditions.

Race 10: Sean's Baby looks like a solid favorite after running well in her turf debut at Fair Grounds, but others stand a reasonable chance to improve and help the pick six carry over to Thursday.