04/10/2012 2:51PM

Aqueduct: Pick six features many newcomers


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A welcome influx of new faces peppers Thursday’s pick six sequence at Aqueduct. Here is a handy-dandy checklist to a steady stream of live shippers.

Fourth race: Bucheron was a twice-beaten favorite at Tampa Bay Downs off a year’s layoff at this level, but the Eric Reed-trained gelding can contend at a square price in a wide-open $25,000 “beaten” claimer scheduled for turf.

Fifth race: Quoted at 6-5, Runawayeighthyfour is the first of three straight favorites from Gulfstream based on his Florida form. A Mineshaft colt, he turns back to a sprint first out for Dominic Galluscio, and has a clear figure edge on all but Jade Glory Again. Jade Glory Again is coupled with 0-for-28 Pegasus Papou, and apprentice Jose Ortiz is named on both, so only one runs.

Sixth race: Rafael Ramos saddled 27 winners at Finger Lakes last year, but hasn’t won a race at Aqueduct since the 2008-09 winter meet, when he went 1 for 30. He will be favored to double that total with Goose No Fruit, who recently returned from a layoff at Gulfstream to run third against open company.

Seventh race: Lily Lynn was a last-to-first maiden graduate at 17-1 when unveiled by Mark Hennig at Belmont last fall. She will be more like even money in her return to New York, after meeting repeat winners on dirt and turf at Gulfstream, among them Aqsaam, who suffered her first loss 12 days ago when she was nipped late in the Grade 3 Orchid.

Eighth race: How does 10-1 on a filly with the top last-out Beyer Speed Figure sound? That’s the line on Necessary Luxury, who just lit up the Fair Grounds tote board at 51-1 for owner-trainer Bill Heffner. She must, however, transfer that form from turf to dirt in the day’s only allowance race.

Ninth race: The Eddie Kenneally-trained Cross Gate is up from Gulfstream and switching to turf, after being beaten 25 lengths in his debut. Boasting a suitable pedigree, the Johannesburg colt is the 4-1 second choice.

Adios Nardo, purchased by David Jacobson after showing promise on turf and dirt at Tampa Bay, is the 3-1 favorite. He caught slop in his local bow.

◗ Saratoga’s Oklahoma track opens for training Thursday, with a new 16-light electric warning system installed over the winter. The old siren warning will remain for backup use.

Opening day for the 144th Saratoga meet is Friday, July 20.