10/14/2007 11:00PM

Chasing a $617K carryover

EmailARCADIA, Calif. - Bettors will be after a two-day pick six carryover of $617,007 Wednesday at Oak Tree at Santa Anita after longshots returning $48.60, $21.60, and $17.60 won three of the pick six races on Sunday.

In the featured seventh race, an optional claimer at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course, bettors will have to determine whether probable favorite Delicate Cat can win off a three-month layoff.

There are three races for claimers, two for maidens, and the optional claimer in the pick six, races 3-8. Three of the races in the sequence have 10 or more entrants. There is one race with seven runners, and two with eight entrants. There are three sprints and three races at a mile.

Delicate Cat, a promising filly trained by Ron Ellis, runs over the Santa Anita turf for the first time on Wednesday. She overcame a slow start to win her grass debut July 15 at Hollywood Park. Three months later, after overcoming a minor illness and skipping Del Mar, she is likely to go favored against seven rivals.

Owners Mace and Samantha Siegel and Ellis intended to run Delicate Cat at a mile or farther at Del Mar, but the filly got sick.

"We were going to stretch her out because I didn't think five-eighths on turf was for her," Ellis said. "She had a high white [blood] count, and this is where she ended up."

A winner of 2 of 4 starts, Delicate Cat has drawn the rail. She won an $80,000 claiming race for maidens at Hollywood Park in May, something of a daring move considering the Siegels paid $230,000 for her as a yearling in 2004. In the Hollywood turf win, Delicate Cat rallied from last in a field of six to win by a half-length.

"She really responded and ran well," Ellis said. "She likes to make one run."

Ellis is banking that a late-running style will help Delicate Cat on the hillside turf course. On Wednesday, she will be in pursuit of pacesetters Udriga and Gothic Beauty.

Udriga won an optional claimer going six furlongs on the main track at Hollywood Park in June, but was 10th in an optional claimer at Del Mar. She won a $40,000 claimer on the hillside turf course back in March.

Gothic Beauty is making her turf debut following a second to Coco Belle in an allowance race at 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track here on Sept. 27.

"I thought she ran super," said Peter Miller, who trains Gothic Beauty. "She chased the whole way. She never gave up. She's really a hard-trying filly."

The change in surface does not concern Miller.

"She runs on everything else - fast dirt, slop, Polytrack, and Cushion Track," Miller said.

For that race to truly matter to bettors, they must find the winners of the first four legs of the pick six. The third race, a $32,000 claimer at a mile, is led by Key Maker, a winner here on Sept. 27, and the late-running Smoocher, who was third against $40,000 claimers at Del Mar on Sept. 5.

Caspiano, the winner of a maiden claimer at Fairplex Park, will attempt to beat winners in the fourth race, a $25,000 claimer at six furlongs.

Chevin, trained by Neil Drysdale, makes his debut in the fifth race, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-olds. He will face Mr. Zarrow, fifth in his debut on Sept. 29, and probable favorite Left Unsaid, third in a similar field on Oct. 3.

In the sixth race, Chips Are Down, a 2005 stakes winner, plummets into a $12,500 claimer for trainer Bob Baffert. Chips Are Down was second against $20,000 claimers on Sept. 26. Currency Trader, High Command, and Smokin Forest will attract support.

The final race, a maiden claimer for 2-year-old fillies, drew 12, but will have only 10 starters. Warren's Player comes off a third against maiden claimers at Fairplex Park on Sept. 9.