06/26/2003 12:00AM

Bonanza pick six hitter used $6,720 ticket


LOUISVILLE, KY. - The unidentified bettor who won a Churchill Downs-record $1.1 million pick six Wednesday is a man who bought a $6,720 ticket through his phone account at Coeur d'Alene, a casino and resort located some 30 miles southeast of Spokane, Wash., in the northern Idaho panhandle town of Worley.

"The man who won has requested that no information about him be released," said the Coeur d'Alene off-track betting manager, Diana Henry. "I can say the gentleman is totally excited. I think he's still in shock."

Henry said the man has been a phone-account customer at Coeur d'Alene since the casino opened about five years ago. All off-track wagers at the Coeur d'Alene casino are funneled through a hub in Lewiston, Maine.

As for strategy, the bettor successfully employed a shotgun approach on the races that proved exceedingly difficult to most everyone else. The winner used five horses in the first leg of the pick six, the fifth race; seven horses in the sixth race; eight in the seventh; and four in the eighth. Longshots won all four of those races.

For the final two legs, the man singled Halory Leigh, an easy winner as the lukewarm 5-2 favorite in the ninth race, and then used the top three wagering choices in the 10th and final race, including Rowans Park, the winning 9-5 favorite.

A Churchill mutuels official said the pick six would have carried over Wednesday if Chicken Soup Kid had held on to win the eighth race. Chicken Soup Kid, a 17-1 shot, led to deep stretch before Bim's Baby Bun, an 18-1 shot, passed him in the final yards to win by three-quarters of a length.

The pick six score easily surpassed Churchill's previous record payoff of $417,389.80, the amount of three winning tickets sold May 10, 1995.

The North American record for a winning pick six ticket was set at the 1999 Breeders' Cup at Gulfstream Park, when a group of bettors from Lexington, Ky., won $3,058,137.60.

Mother and son race locally days apart

Rare is the horse that returns to racing after a layoff of more than four years.

But perhaps even more rare is a mare whose foal races just three days after she ran over the same racetrack.

Those are the extraordinary circumstances involving Mining Missharriet, a 7-year-old mare who ran sixth, beaten 14 lengths, in a $10,000 claiming sprint here Wednesday, in her first start since April 8, 1999. On Saturday, Mining Missharriet's only foal, a 3-year-old colt named Marty's Legend, will run in the second race at Churchill.

Both mother and son are trained by Denette Hicks and owned by Gus Goldsmith, a Louisville pawn shop owner whose stable had won six races going into the final nine days of the 52-day spring meet. Goldsmith said that after Mining Missharriet foaled Marty's Legend in 2000, she was a victim of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome the following year. In 2002, she came up barren, so instead of having her bred this winter, "we've had her in training for four or five months," Goldsmith said. "She needed that first race back. When we run her back, I think she'll do better."

Goldsmith said returning a mare to the racetrack after such a lengthy period is highly unusual, but added, "she'd been showing a lot of effort out in the field, so Denette thought the mare might want to come back. We're giving it a try."

Meanwhile, Marty's Legend, by Crafty Prospector, will be returning from a layoff himself - but one not nearly as long as his mother's. Marty's Legend, still a maiden after three starts, last raced Dec. 28 at Turfway Park, where he finished sixth.

* Nominations close Saturday for the first stakes of the Ellis Park meet, the $100,000 HBPA Handicap. The July 12 race for fillies and mares is run at one mile out of the clubhouse-turn chute.