01/14/2004 12:00AM

Bombs away: Carryover hits $761K


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After another parade of longshots visited Aqueduct's winner's circle Wednesday - and with Thursday's card canceled due to expected inclement weather - there will be a pick six carryover of $761,021 heading into Friday's scheduled card.

New York Racing Association officials believe this is third-largest pick-six carryover in the history of the wager in the state. There was a carryover of $817,345 heading into the Aug. 12, 1988, card at Saratoga and a carryover of $804,118 entering the Aug. 10, 1990, card, also at Saratoga.

This carryover was assured when 27-1 shot Le Renard Subtil, who was 1 for 31 in his career, repelled the stretch challenge of 3-2 favorite Festy Eskimo in the nightcap. According to track officials, there would have been 14 winning tickets had Festy Eskimo won. There were 51 consolation winners, each ticket worth $3,203.

Le Renard Subtil, who had lost 23 straight races since winning a $7,500 claimer at Philadelphia Park on Jan. 11, 2002, returned $56.50 to win. Dr. Rockett, who was also 1 for 31 and who also had lost 23 straight races, won the featured eighth race, but only returned $6.60. Longshots Penny's Turn ($33.40) and Your Abc's ($31.60) also helped carry over the pick six. Other winners in the sequence were Burning Fluid ($12) and Reaching Up ($4.40). The pick six has not been hit since Jan. 4.

Friday's card is equally as tough as the last several, and there is no guarantee it will be run, with a forecasted temperature in the low 20's but a wind chill in the single digits to near zero.

If the card is run, the pick six begins with a full field of New York-bred maidens with little or no form. Trainer Mike Hernandez, known to strike at a price, sends out Expect Nothing, who has shown nothing in four starts but doesn't meet much here. First-time starters Lookin' Swell and Gold Diggin Lova are interesting.

In the fifth, a case could be made to single Cozy Man, who drops from a $100,000 optional claimer into a $12,500 claimer for trainer Bruce Levine. Cozy Man won a $16,000 claimer at Belmont in September the last time he sprinted. He could work out a good stalking trip in a speed-laden field. If affordable, Sunshine Brian, Sherwood Forest, and Wicked Will are horses with a shot.

In the sixth, Maximum Appeal drops in class for trainer Allen Iwinski, whose barn has come to life lately. Maximum Appeal blew a four-length lead in the stretch of her last start, however, and has not won since November 2002. Aspen Flower takes a slight drop while returning off a brief freshening for Mike Miceli. Ellie's Quest and Tactical Princess are also worth considering.

Puma's Pride has run well enough in three of her last four starts to win the seventh, a second-level allowance for New York-breds. Hussy, second at this level last out, should also be used.

The eighth, an entry-level allowance race for older fillies and mares, is a land mine. Fourteen horses were entered, 12 will be permitted to run, and the race is wide open. Sensibly Chic, last seen running seventh in the Grade 1 Prioress, would be the one to beat if ready. Jolie, King's Empress, Irish Glory, and Blink Twice just add to the contentiousness of this field.

With so many spread races early, Connie's Magic will carry the hopes and dreams of pick six players throughout the nation in the nightcap.

Seattle Fitz ready for Aqueduct

With Thunder Blitz out and Evening Attire still on the fence, Seattle Fitz could become the horse to beat in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Aqueduct Handicap.

Seattle Fitz finished third behind Thunder Blitz and Evening Attire in the Grade 3 Queens County Handicap on Dec. 13. Like Evening Attire, Seattle Fitz was running just 15 days after competing in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, where he finished fourth.

The connections of Seattle Fitz have seen the colt mature and improve over the fall.

"Things don't have to go his way," said Art Magnuson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "He had to have a good trip before. Now, no matter what his post position or what the pace is like, the rider can put him where they want too."

Seattle Fitz has not won since taking a second-level allowance race by 10 1/2 lengths on Sept. 27, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 111.

On Tuesday, Seattle Fitz worked four furlongs in 48.07 seconds over Belmont's training track. With Richard Migliore in Florida on Saturday, Aaron Gryder will ride Seattle Fitz.

Petrograd dies at 35

He hailed from the same foal crop as Riva Ridge, Key to the Mint, and Numbered Account. And while Petrograd may not have been able to outrun those champions, he certainly outlived them.

But Thoroughbreds don't last forever, and Petrograd finally succumbed on Jan. 3 at the age of 35.

Petrograd ran for eight years and compiled a record of 27 wins, 12 seconds, and 5 thirds from 56 starts. He earned $319,520. Trainer Tom Walsh purchased Petrograd for $28,000 for owner Bert Firestone. Walsh lost the Firestone horses to trainer LeRoy Jolley, but purchased Petrograd back out of a sale for $3,000. Walsh said he asked the NYRA racing secretary at the time, Kenny Noe, for a stall, but claims that Noe was reluctant to give him one.

"He said, 'Get that son of a [gun] off the grounds, nobody ever buys anything off Jolley,' " Walsh recalled.

Walsh eventually got a stall. At 3, Petrograd won 5 of 9 starts, including the Sport Page Handicap. At 4, he won the Gravesend and was second in the Grade 3 Carter Handicap.

"He just had a will to live," said Georgia Walsh, the wife of Walsh. "He survived lockjaw when he was 4 or 5. Horses don't survive lockjaw but he came back and won more races."

Georgia Walsh said that Petrograd also had tendon problems.

Tom Walsh said that Frank Martin claimed Petrograd off him when the horse was 8, ran him once and had to give him plenty of time off. When Martin realized Petrograd's career was over, he gave the horse to Walsh, who stabled him in the back of his house on Long Island.

"He was just a super horse. He liked to win," Walsh said. "Everybody knew him. He was a favorite of the fans."

* Trainer Richard Dutrow was fined $250 for a Lasix overage in the horse Epoxy, who won the first race on Nov. 27. Epoxy was scratched out of Wednesday's eighth race, but the stewards said the scratch was unrelated to the overage.