09/30/2007 11:00PM

Carryover pick six filled with hard-to-figure races

EmailARCADIA, Calif. – Bettors focusing on Wednesday's pick six carryover of $121,405 at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting have a fair amount of work to do.

The pick six races - the third through eighth races on the card - all have large fields. Race 7 has the smallest field with eight entrants. The other races have 10 or more entrants. There are four sprints, all on the synthetic main track, and two routes, one of which is on turf.

The total pool for the pick six Wednesday might reach $1omillion.

The pick six starts with race 3, a starter allowance for 2-year-olds over 6 1/2 furlongs. It has drawn 12 entrants, nine of which won a maiden claiming race in their last start. Harlans Fortune, who drew the rail, might set the pace. Trained by Matt Chew, Harlans Fortune won a maiden claimer from the front at Bay Meadows on Sept. 20.

Princess Traci will be favored in the fourth race, a maiden claimer for 2-year-olds over six furlongs. Trained by Brian Koriner, she takes a drop in class, having finished second in a maiden special weight race at Fairplex Park on Sept. 9. Mystic Geisha, who closed with a wide rally to finish second at Del Mar on Aug. 20, also will be well backed.

The fifth race is a six-furlong sprint for $10,500 to $12,500 claimers that has drawn a field of 13 3-year-old fillies. Risky Game and She Looks Famous are coupled because of common ownership and are taking a drop in class. Hotitude, a winner for $12,500 at Del Mar on Aug. 2 but seventh for $45,000 on Sept. 1, fits in this field.

The only turf race in the pick six is the sixth race, a one-mile maiden race for 2-year-olds. Ten will start. The temporary rails are 24 feet from their permanent position.

Sportsbookjunkee, fifth in a similar race on Aug. 22, is likely to be near the front. Also figuring to attract support are Reel Prime, third in the Beau Brummel Stakes at Fairplex Park on Sept. 12, and the well-bred first-time starter Left Unsaid. Left Unsaid, by Dynaformer, is trained by Bobby Frankel.

The seventh race is a one-mile optional claimer for statebred fillies and mares that is a prep to the California Cup Matron on Nov. 3. High Cholesterol, third in the Gradeo2 Hollywood Breeders Cup Oaks on June 10, will try to end an eight-race losing streak, but must beat recent maiden race winner G.I. Betty.

The pick six finale is a maiden claimer over six furlongs for 2-year-olds, and has drawn a field of 10. Amybelle makes her first start in a maiden claimer after finishing fifth and seventh in maiden special weight races at Del Mar.

Sure Speed seeks 3rd straight win

The richest race on Wednesday's program is race 2, a $50,000 allowance race over 1 1/8 miles on turf for fillies and mares.

Sure Speed, the lone 3-year-old filly in a field of six, will try to win her third consecutive race. She is one of three last-start winners in the field, along with Angel Craft and Temperance. Another filly, Charming Legacy, ran a game second in her last start.

Sure Speed is using Wednesday's race as a prep to the California Cup on Nov. 3, trainer Rafael Becerra said.

"I think she has improved in every race I've run her," he said. "It will be a good test for her. She does everything so nicely and professionally."

Owned by a partnership that includes breeder Madera Thoroughbreds, Sure Speed was perfect in two starts over 1 1/16 miles on the synthetic main track at Del Mar, winning an optional claimer for statebreds on July 27 and an optional claimer in open company on Aug. 19.

Charming Legacy might set the pace. In a neck loss in an optional claimer at Del Mar on Aug. 22, she set a slow pace but stayed on when challenged through the stretch.

Angel Craft and Temperance will be stalking the pace. Angel Craft beat maidens here in April and won an allowance race at Del Mar Aug. 20, staying near the front throughout.