11/14/2011 4:05PM

Aqueduct: Weather figures key in pick six; $89,732 carryover awaits

Barbara D. Livingston
Crazy Party is part of an uncoupled Todd Pletcher duo in the May Night Stakes on Wednesday at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – It’s been tough sledding for pick-six players, so tough that during the latest span of six racing days, just two winning tickets were sold, each worth a cool $246,256 in a triple-carryover situation last Friday.

The pick six went un-hit again last weekend – Shane Roars ($185.50) in the Great White Way division of Sunday’s New York Stallion Series saw to that – so a double carryover of $89,732 beckons Wednesday, beginning with race 4 at 1:50 p.m. Eastern. The sequence includes three scheduled turf races, notably the $60,000 May Night overnight stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

Carded as race 7, the race-day look of the May Night depends on whether it remains on turf at 1 1/16 miles or is transformed into a one-turn dirt mile courtesy of Mother Nature. Oddsmakers at The Weather Channel made rain (70 percent chance) an odds-on favorite.

Of the nine meant for turf, Todd Pletcher trains the uncoupled duo of Crazy Party and St Pancras. Their respective maiden wins at Saratoga earned Beyer Speed Figures of 72, the same number recorded by the John Terranova-trained More Than Love more recently at Belmont Park.

More Than Love’s figure was solidified when two fillies that finished behind her came back to graduate here last week.

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Crazy Party has been idle 11 weeks since running fifth at 4-5 in the P.G. Johnson. Her stablemate, St Pancras, has been absent two months since a wide trip in the Grade 3 Natalma at Woodbine, a race in which third finisher Stephanie’s Kitten exited to win the Alcibiades and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Lady Cohiba, who overcame a slow start to win her debut at 18-1, becomes the favorite if the May Night goes to dirt. The Christophe Clement-trained filly, purchased by Live Oak Plantation for $240,000 as a yearling, hit the side of the gate and ducked in to spot her rivals several lengths, but split foes and edged away late in an educational outing.

Things are similarly unsettled in the first and last legs, which also are scheduled for turf:

◗ In race 4, Impetuous Spirit is a lukewarm 7-2 favorite from post 11, while Upper Afleet, a maiden winner over the course in April, is stuck out in post 12. Settle for Medal and Same Old Wish would vie for favoritism on dirt.

◗ In race 9, Hurricane Elvis could attract plenty of fans dropping to maiden-$20,000 second off a layoff, but the Chad Brown-trained gelding is three deep on the also-eligible list and may not get into the building. The logical contenders in the main body are the Linda Rice-trained pair of Herecomeseveryman and Golden Tornado; and More Than Lucky, whose trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. is off to a scorching 8-for-14 start at the meet.

The dirt races are more straightforward:

◗ In race 5, McCarren Park is drawn outside against six rivals in a $25,000 maiden-claiming sprint. At 4-5 on the morning-line, she will be a stand-alone on many tickets for Brooklyn Boyz Stable and Dominick Schettino.

◗ In race 6, covering the princesses – Thunder Princess and Maspeth Princess – may be sufficient to get through unscathed.

◗ In race 8, Risk a Chance, turf to dirt and third back from a layoff for John Kimmel, heads a field of nine New York-bred fillies and mares.