01/03/2006 12:00AM

Carryover for pick six tops $137,000


ARCADIA, Calif. - There really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There is a pick-six carryover of $137,596.24 heading into Thursday's races at Santa Anita, courtesy of rainy weather last weekend that left the main track in sloppy condition and threw mud in the eyes of handicappers on Monday's holiday card.

Clear skies returned to Southern California on Tuesday, and the forecast for the rest of the week was equally promising. There is an eight-race card at Santa Anita on Thursday, with the pick six beginning with the third race. Post time for the third is approximately 2 p.m. Pacific time.

The third race, the first race of the pick six, is a maiden special weight at one mile on turf. The rails are to be set 30 feet from their innermost position, which abbreviates the width of the course and often aids horses who race on or near the lead.

both have had several chances at this level, but both have a front-running style that may be promoted by the course configuration. Southbysouth showed promise in his lone start on turf in October, Ju Ju Beast ran well in large fields at Woodbine, Kincora Lad had a rough trip in his lone start at Churchill, and Kingofthenight, who is bred to love the turf, closed strongly sprinting in his debut last month at Hollywood Park.

Class dropper appears the one to beat in the fourth, for maiden-claiming fillies and mares at seven furlongs. This will be her first start at this level and first since April, and her trainer, Craig Dollase, has a positive return on investment with returnees.

, who heads the fifth, may prove a timely claim by Paul Aguirre, who snagged Seattle Buddy from a fast victory against maiden claimers. Others who figure to be well backed in this starter-allowance sprint include Indian Dreamin, who just missed at this level when returning from a long layoff at Hollywood Park, and comebacking Humorous Guy.

The sixth race, scheduled down the hillside turf course, is wide open. would be a top contender if she draws in from the also-eligible list. Tis Royalty has won twice down the hill.

In the seventh, makes her local debut for trainer Bobby Frankel following a pair of sharp efforts in Kentucky. Cream Donut Keith is taking a sensible class drop, Scarlett Memories is in the best form of her career, and comebacking Sterling Cat won both her starts last year at age 2.

Class droppers Adorn and Farthing and debut runners Key Lime Time and Laceyontop are the leading contenders in a difficult finale.