10/16/2003 11:00PM

Albarado's win aboard 'Joey' looks like replay


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Different day, same result. Jockey Robby Albarado, riding Joe's Son Joey, came from midpack on Friday to win the $84,525 Woodford County Stakes at Keeneland in a virtual replay of what occurred the previous day, when Albarado urged On the Fritz to victory in the Clark County Stakes.

As a 5 1/2-furlong turf race for older horses, the Woodford County is the so-called "brother" race to the Clark County for fillies and mares. Just as he did with On the Fritz, Albarado deftly guided Joe's Son Joey into contention after turning for home, and the 5-year-old horse proved good enough to win the Woodford County by three-quarters of a length over Skeet.

"This is one good horse," Albarado said afterward.

With 12,415 attending on the first wet-weather day of the fall meet, Skeet tracked Tricky Storm to the top of the stretch, then turned back a sustained bid from Abderian. But then Joe's Son Joey, trained by Tim Hills, made his winning move down the center of a turf course rated good.

Joe's Son Joey returned $7.60 as the second choice behind Skeet, the lukewarm 2-1 favorite. Abderian, the 9-2 third choice, was another half-length back in third in a field of 10.

Joe's Son Joey, owned by Joseph Lunetta, has won 8 of 24 career starts and just over $410,000. The win was the first in a Keeneland stakes for Hills.

One race earlier, Offlee Wild, making his third start since the May 3 Kentucky Derby, finished third in a three-horse photo in a $54,000 allowance. The 1 1/16-mile race was won by Perfect Cut ($6.80), who got a textbook ride from Pat Day to prevail by a head over Collateral Damage, who finished another head in front of Offlee Wild, the 6-5 favorite.

Pick six a $2 bet or a $1 bet?

If only for the sake of uniformity, the Keeneland mutuel and television departments have a policy of posting all mutuel payoffs in $2 increments, including the pick six. So after four perfect $1 tickets were sold Thursday following six days of pick-six carryovers, Keeneland dutifully reported the winning payoff as being $321,259.80 for a $2 ticket.

Of course, the conventional mathematics of pick-six strategy dictate playing in increments that do not exceed the minimum, which at Keeneland is $1. Still, Keeneland mutuel officials say that certain out-of-state jurisdictions require a $2 minimum on a pick six, regardless of where the races are being run. Clearly, anyone betting a $2 minimum against a $1 minimum is at a huge disadvantage.

Yet because an overwhelming percentage of pick-six bets are made in $1 increments, posting a $2 payoff could mislead unknowing bettors into believing the minimum is $2.

For the record, three of the four winning $1 tickets in the pick six Thursday were bought at the Maine hub that services a multitude of states and offshore sites. The other winning ticket was bought in Las Vegas. Each returned $160,629.90.

G.D. Hieronymus, director of broadcast services at Keeneland, said display procedures "are going to be addressed" by his department in the coming days. "We are always looking for ways to improve. We appreciate any feedback we get from our customers, so obviously if it helps to revise the way we're doing things, we'll do it."

Sand Springs finished for year

Sand Springs, the speedy filly who lost virtually all chance in the Oct. 11 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup when she was unprepared for the start, has been turned out for the year.

"She went right to her knees, but fortunately she came out of the race just fine," said trainer Tony Reinstedler. "We've put her away to wait for another year."

Some other local 3-year-old turf fillies will stick around for the last major race in the division this year, the Grade 2, $150,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes next month at Churchill Downs.

Court awaiting birth of daughter

Veteran jockey Jon Court was in a huge hurry leaving the track Thursday evening, and for good reason: His wife, Krystal Lynn, was in labor with their first child.

Court, who has three children from a previous marriage, took off his Friday mounts to await the birth of a baby girl. As of Friday afternoon, the couple was still waiting.

Meet heads for finish line

The final four-day stretch of the meet begins Wednesday. The closing-day card next Saturday will consist of just four races, highlighted by the $150,000 Fayette Stakes.

First post Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Eastern, with the Breeders' Cup simulcasts set to begin at 1:20. That means the first two BC races will be interspersed with the last two Keeneland races.