03/22/2006 1:00AM

Beulah's Fortune 6 pays $179,000


The 25-cent Fortune 6 wager was hit on Tuesday and paid $179,020.40 to the single winning ticket holder. The Fortune 6 jackpot had gone unhit for over a month, and the winning ticket was purchased at Oaklawn Park.

The Fortune 6 is a pick six wager that requires a single winning ticket in order for the carryover to be paid out. On days when multiple ticket holders have six winners or no ticket has six winners, 40 percent of that day's pool is paid to those tickets with the most winners and the other 60 percent is added to the carryover.

In Tuesday's eighth race, the final leg of the Fortune 6, two of the nine horses were live for the jackpot, and the other seven runners had multiple tickets on them.

Beauties Way ($17) and jockey Ramon Rechy dueled throughout and held on for a nose victory over 16-1 shot Denton Sings Ruby in the 5 1/2-furlong claimer. Denton Sings Ruby was one of the runners to whom multiple tickets were alive, even though she went off at over twice the odds of Beauties Way.

As the jackpot in the Fortune 6 grew larger, it became apparent that many handicappers playing into the pool were unaware of the wager's rules, thinking it was a traditional pick six. Several people questioned how the carryover continued on days after tickets containing six winners had been sold.

Adding to the confusion, at least one Internet wagering site was sending e-mails to its customers reminding them of the Fortune 6 carryover at Beulah Park without differentiating it from a traditional pick six. Several industry web sites also listed the carryover alongside other tracks that have traditional pick sixes.


Arapahoe Park in Aurora, Co., will conduct 18 Thoroughbred stakes worth a cumulative $465,000 during its upcoming meet. The track's 39-date season will run from June 10 through Sept. 4.

The $40,000-added Gold Rush Futurity for 2-year-olds at six furlongs highlights the stakes program. It will be run on Sept. 4. Past winners of the race include millionaire Maysville Slew.

Another race of interest is the $25,000 Colorado Derby at 1 1/16 miles. It will be run on July 23.

Arapahoe will race three days a week, on a Saturday through Monday basis, with one exception - there will be a holiday card on Tuesday, July 4. First post daily is 1 p.m. Mountain.

The meet will be the first under the ownership of BLB Investors, LLC.

- Mary Rampellini

Delta Downs

Delta Downs opened its backstretch to Quarter Horses on Wednesday, after 20 barns were rebuilt following damage caused by Hurricane Rita last September. Training races for nominees to upcoming futurities at the track will be held on Friday and Saturday. Delta's meet for Quarter Horses will run for 52 days, beginning April 13.

Hurricane Rita destroyed 20 of the 22 barns at the track. The new barns, which began receiving horses Wednesday, have 60 stalls each. Damage to the backstretch was one reason the track's winter-spring Thoroughbred meet was called off, with Delta's dates moved to Evangeline Downs.

Heath Taylor, who won the Quarter Horse training title last year at Delta, is due back to defend his title. His main competitors include Janet VanBebber, Donnie Strickland, and Jeff Acuna. The defending riding champ is Gilbert Ortiz.

- Mary Rampellini

Fairmount Park

Don Manuel stamped himself as the fastest horse at Fairmount Park, at least up to two furlongs, when he won the $11,328 Quick Step allowance last Friday. Making his first start since being claimed for $8,000 last September by trainer John Witthauer, Don Manuel broke on top and cruised to a 2 1/4-length victory, tying the track record of 20.80 seconds. The victory capped a three-win evening for jockey Rafael Hernandez.

* Bettors tying their fortunes to the success of perennial leading trainer Ralph Martinez didn't cash many tickets last weekend. After winning four races opening day, Martinez won a total of two races Friday and Saturday. He was winless on Tuesday's abbreviated card.

One of Martinez's winners, however, paid surprisingly well. Youcanhearmenow, who had not finished closer than 6 1/2 lengths to the winner since winning his maiden, won Saturday's finale and paid $13.20. It was the first start for Youcanhearmenow since he joined the Martinez barn.

* Friday's featured $9,600 optional claimer features the return of Goofy C., Moe B Dick, and Little More, all winners of high-end allowances at Fairmount last year. The horse to beat, however, may be Peace and Joy, a fast breaker who should enjoy shortening up to 5 1/2 furlongs.

* Racing was canceled after two races Tuesday because of unsafe track conditions. The track was rated sloppy following recent snowfall.

- Vance Hanson

Sam Houston

Waupaca, who shipped in and won a March 4 turf allowance at Sam Houston Race Park, will return to Sam Houston next month for the Grade 3, $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf, said his trainer, Donnie Von Hemel. A 1 1/8-mile race, the Connally will be run on April 8.

Von Hemel said Waupaca, who is based at Oaklawn Park, will be ridden by E.J. Perrodin, who is a multiple winner of the Connally.

Waupaca earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 94 for his three-quarter-length win in the March 4 turf allowance, which was run at 1 1/16 miles. He is a five-time stakes winner and has earned $395,895. Waupaca races for Wayne Sanders.

Also pointing for the Connally is Seainsky, who won a turf allowance at Sam Houston on March 17 by three-quarters of a length over last year's Connally winner, Rapid Proof. Seainsky earned a Beyer of 88. Rapid Proof was making his first start since September and has long been pointed for this year's Connally.

* Pat Day, the retired Hall of Fame jockey, will be at Sam Houston on Sunday to take part in a special church service on the apron of the track's grandstand at 11 a.m. The service is open to all. Sam Houston is hosting the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's Chaplains School and Annual Meeting through Monday.

- Mary Rampellini