10/05/2003 11:00PM

Carryover stands at $159K


ARCADIA, Calif. - A pick-six carryover of $159,466 is one of the attractions on Wednesday's eight-race program at Santa Anita.

The carryover, the first of the Oak Tree meeting, resulted from a string of upsets in major stakes Sunday and comes on the seventh day of the meeting.

The pick six covers the third through eighth races and includes three races for maiden claimers, two turf races, and a $10,000 claimer for fillies and mares.

The seventh race is a $53,000 optional claimer on turf, and features the U.S. debuts of South American stakes winners Hatif and Sanky Panky.

Hatif, a Group 1 winner in Brazil last year, is making his debut for trainer Paulo Lobo, who trained 2002 champion 3-year-old filly Farda Amiga.

Sanky Panky, a Kentucky-bred colt by Skip Away, was a Group 3 winner in Panama in May and joined trainer Bob Baffert in the summer.

The field also includes the graded stakes winners Nazirali and Special Matter; Right Proof, who has won his last two starts; and Stanley Park, a 3-year-old who is improving.

Hatif won the Grand Prix Jockey Club de Sao Paulo over about 1 1/4 miles on turf last October, and was second or third in four starts from November through mid-February.

"I think this is a perfect distance for him," Lobo said. "The only concern is that he's coming off a big layoff, but I think he will run well."

Baffert is less confident about Sanky Panky, who has won 3 of 7 starts and was second in a $206,000 race over 1 5/8 miles on dirt in Panama in June.

"We don't know how he fits," Baffert said. "He's a dirt horse, but he needs to go a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half."

Right Proof and Trompolino are expected to lead. Right Proof won twice at Del Mar - a maiden race over 1 1/8 miles on Aug. 2 and an optional claimer over 1 3/8 miles two weeks later.

Nazirali, previously trained by Julio Canani, will make his first start for trainer Jeff Mullins and is eligible to be claimed for $80,000. Owned by Michael House, Nazirali is winless in his last four starts but won the Grade 2 San Luis Obispo Handicap in February 2002.

Special Matter won the Grade 3 Carleton Burke Handicap last October at 9-1, but is winless in his last seven starts.