10/22/2002 11:00PM

Check results of a key sixth race


ARCADIA, Calif. - Every race 2-year-old filly Major Idea runs is better than the one before. Friday at Santa Anita, she must continue improving in order to win the $50,000 Hidden Light Stakes.

Six juvenile fillies entered the mile turf race, which is the seventh on the card. By post time, Major Idea's form lines will be easily deciphered. That is because the filly Major Idea beat by a length in a maiden race at Del Mar - Alashir's World - was scheduled to start favored in Wednesday's sixth race. A win by Alashir's World would flatter Major Idea. A poor effort by Alashir's World may send handicappers looking elsewhere.

There are five alternatives. They include Bobby Frankel-trained European imports Chope Mockery and Gotdream; Mac Melody, whose European form is stronger than that of either Frankel shipper; Margaret's Fancy, who had a troubled trip in her U.S. debut; and longshot Skippingtomontana.

Major Idea is a daughter of Cherokee Run, owned by The Thoroughbred Corporation and trained by Neil Drysdale. She finished sixth to Buffythecenterford in her debut; second to Santa Catarina next out; then stretched to two turns and won a maiden turf race by a length. In the nearly two months since, Major Idea has worked steadily at Hollywood Park, while shipping twice to Santa Anita for turf works over the local surface.

The Hidden Light is the principal prep for the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes on Nov. 29 at Hollywood, the first day of Hollywood's autumn turf festival. The three-day turf festival includes six graded turf stakes, and typically attracts several European imports. Two showed up early, and will race Friday for Frankel.

Chope Mockery won 2 of 4 at minor tracks in France, and makes her U.S. debut for owner Edmund Gann. Gotdream also won 1 of 2 at minor tracks, and starts for owner John Amerman. Mac Melody won 2 of 3 in Europe, including a $75,400 stakes in Italy, and returns to her preferred surface after being overmatched in the Del Mar Debutante on dirt.

Margaret's Fancy was eliminated early in her U.S. debut last month. She steadied hard on a roughly-run first turn at Fairplex, tried to re-rally, and missed by a half-length. She previously won 2 of 3 on minor European tracks, and is unproven over a distance of ground.

* A two-day pick six carryover into the Wednesday card attracted pick six wagers of $1,947,163. Including the $520,536 carryover, the gross pick six pool was $2,467,699.

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