10/27/2003 12:00AM

$450K pick six carryover


ARCADIA, Calif. - A two-day pick-six carryover of $456,253 highlights a moderate program at Santa Anita on Wednesday.

The eight-race program includes only one 10-horse field and is led by a $65,000 allowance race designed as a replacement for the Lure Stakes, which failed to draw sufficient entries on Sunday.

Wednesday's pick six covers the third through eighth races. Three races are on turf, two are for maiden claimers, and one is a maiden special weight over 1 1/16 miles.

In the allowance race on turf, Denied, Inesperado, Maranilla, and Nicobar - all of whom were entered for the Lure - run against Vicious Boy, an Argentine stakes winner who finished eighth in his U.S. debut.

Denied is the likely favorite. Trained by Jeff Mullins, Denied has been first or second in his last five starts and was first under the line in four of those races. On Aug. 18 at Del Mar, Denied won a one-mile allowance race on turf but was demoted to second for causing interference to runner-up Designed for Luck.

Designed for Luck subsequently won the Live the Dream Handicap at Del Mar and the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile before finishing seventh in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Mile.

Inesperado will be well-supported. Trained by Bobby Frankel, Inesperado won the Sir Beaufort Stakes here last December but did not reappear until the Wickerr Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 2, finishing a game second to Touch of the Blues. Most recently, Inesperado finished fifth in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.

Touch of the Blues, third in the Shadwell Mile, finished second in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Inesperado is a closer who starts from the outside in a field of five. He could be hurt by the lack of pace. Denied is likely to take the early lead and may not have many challengers.

Vicious Boy may be close to the early lead. He chased a quick pace in an allowance race on the hillside turf course on Oct. 3 before fading.

Maranilla and Nicobar have shown erratic form this year.

Maranilla is winless in nine starts, dating back to a stakes win in Germany in June 2002. His best finish this year is a second in an allowance race at Hollywood Park in May.

Nicobar is winless in his last eight. He finished second in the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Handicap at Bay Meadows in April, but he came in eighth in the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park in May and was last of 10 in the Wickerr.