03/05/2008 12:00AM

Big carryover tough to hit


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The return to 1 o’clock first post at Aqueduct is usually a sign that spring is on its way. But a glance at the entries for Wednesday’s card at Aqueduct, which is highlighted by a $265,874 pick-six carryover, leaves little doubt there is plenty of winter left.

Twenty-nine of the 50 horses entered in the pick-six races were beaten by double-digit lengths in their most recent start. Two more are first-time starters.

Adding another wrinkle is a forecast that calls for a 60 percent chance of showers Tuesday night and 70 percent chance Wednesday morning. Temperatures will be springlike, though, in the low 50s.

In other words, bring plenty of money and good-luck charms if you play. Here is a look at the pick six:

Race 4: Ferdi’s Prince has finished second at this New York-bred basement-level claiming division three straight times. All three horses that beat him were dropping from state-bred maiden $35,000 or higher and coming off decent races. None of his eight rivals in here was any closer than 12 1/2 lengths to winning in their last outing. While some may single Ferdi’s Prince, we would add On Request, who drops from a maiden $35,000 last Wednesday in which he was beaten 10 1/2 lengths as the

5-2 favorite in nine-horse field.

Race 5: An inscrutable field of nine entered for this $7,500 claiming race, and determining who makes the early lead is just as difficult as determining who wins.

It was only last Nov. 17 when Double Delta led nearly gate to wire to win a $10,000 claimer at Calder. She has since been claimed by trainer John Parisella, who drops her to the bottom in this spot. Embraceable You has been a badly beaten favorite in her last two starts, but takes a much-needed class drop and handles a wet track.

Texas Starlet ran two races in December good enough to win here, but comes off a last-place finish in her most recent outing, in which she bobbled at the start. Texas Starlet also takes the sharpest class drop of the group.

Race 6: Small-ticket players may consider singling Pure Devil as the best of a bad group in this $25,000 maiden claimer for 3-year-olds going a mile and 70 yards. This gelding finished third for $50,000 on Jan. 27, and did finish third to graded stakes winner Etched in his debut last September. He takes another drop and gets a switch to leading rider Ramon Dominguez.

Those who think they have a better single in mind will likely add My Song to the ticket. My Song could get loose under Mike Luzzi, but must overcome post 9.

Race 7: Would consider going three or four deep in this first-level allowance for 3-year-olds. Icabad Crane is 2 for 2 against New York-breds, including a win over the inner track for trainer Graham Motion, and now meets open company for first time. The rail draw should help.

Elixir and Loaves and Dishes, who make up a coupled entry for trainer Bruce Levine, are both capable of winning, with the former figuring to set the pace and the latter coming late. Spurrier and Sebastian Cat both meet winners for the first time. Spurrier’s maiden win came on a wet surface.

Race 8: Those who don’t single Pure Devil in the sixth might be forced to single Ghost Dancing in this second-level allowance for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

Ghost Dancing lost by a nose in this condition at Philadelphia Park and will likely try to wire this field from the rail under Dominguez. Those who do single Pure Devil might add What’s Your Point to the ticket in race 8.

Race 9: Of four to consider in this statebred $25,000 maiden claimer, Jets Only is the most preferred if the track is dry. He is coming off two third-place finishes against richer rivals. Timber Ferry gets blinkers after trouble at the start in his last two for Levine. Key Victory sandwiched a good effort at this level between two dismal races in special weight company. Fast Wheels is a first-time starter for Richard Dutrow Jr. and attracts Dominguez.