04/24/2008 11:00PM

Dancing in Silks potential pick 6 single

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The key to conquering Sunday's $1 million guaranteed pick six at Hollywood Park is negotiating through the four maiden special weight and allowance races, which have drawn big fields.

But finding a reliable key selection in the pick-six sequence may be difficult.

The pick six covers the fifth through 10th races on the 10-race California Gold Rush program for statebreds. The four non-stakes in the sequence offer lucrative $60,000 purses for maidens and $70,000 allowance race purses.

The NTRA Stakes, a maiden race for colts and geldings over 6 1/2 furlongs, is the first leg of the pick six and has a full field of 14. And it is one race that may include a single selection for pick-six bettors.

Dancing in Silks, a fast-closing second in a maiden race over 5 1/2 furlongs on April 6, makes the second start of his career. A rare California-bred by the former Kentucky-based stallion Black Minnaloushe, Dancing in Silks will be favored.

"I honestly did not expect him to run that stellar at that distance," trainer Carla Gaines said of Dancing in Silks's debut. "It seemed way too short. Hopefully, the added distance will help."

Trainer Bob Baffert starts Deep Pockets, who was third behind Dancing Silks in his career debut. Apoplectic and Dr. Skimming are coming off solid second-place finishes.

Patricia Harrington, the wife of trainer Mike Harrington, has a rare starter in Lovehi in the sixth race, the Warren's Thoroughbred Stakes, a first-condition allowance race for fillies and mares over seven furlongs.

Lovehi was second in an optional claimer against open company on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on March 7 and has won 2 of 12 starts. Lovehi won a $50,000 claiming race last December.

Harrington is concerned about the large field and how it will affect Lovehi, who tends to race near the front.

"Can we get about six of them to scratch?" she said. "We've got our work cut out for us."

Sangay, a 5-year-old mare making just her fifth start, will be a danger from the outside post in the field of 14. She was second to River Glow in an allowance race on March 31. River Glow starts in Sunday's B. Thoughtful Stakes for female sprinters.

Fourteen will also run in the eighth race, the $70,000 Barretts Stakes, a first-condition allowance race over seven furlongs. Dr. Zaentz, Kineticat Yankee, Maui Mark, Partywithlarryz, Two Tone Roan, and Warren's Scooter (who is on the also-eligible list) are each coming off a win.

California Flag, a 4-year-old full brother to the multiple stakes winner Cambiocorsa, will be seeking his first win on a synthetic track. Trained by Brian Koriner, California Flag won a one-mile maiden race on turf in February but was seventh in an allowance race in March after setting a fast pace.

Owned by Hi Card Ranch, California Flag was trained by Doug O'Neill last year when he finished 12th in his only start on a synthetic track.

Koriner said he's trained well on the main track.

The final race of the day is the Magali Farms Stakes, a maiden race over 6 1/2 furlongs for fillies and mares. Once again, bettors must absorb 14 runners. There will be support for the O'Neill-trained Just N Excess, who finished second in a maiden race over 5 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita on April 4 in her first start of the year.

Small But Mighty, who closed well to finish third in that race, should appreciate the longer trip.

Trainer Dan Hendricks starts Sensitive Soul, who finished second in her debut over 5 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita on March 8, but returned to finish seventh as the 7-2 favorite in a maiden race on the hillside turf course.

Lethal Heat points toward Railbird

Lethal Heat, unbeaten in three starts, including the Grade 3 Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita last month, is being pointed for the $100,000 Railbird Stakes over seven furlongs on May 11, trainer Barry Abrams said.

Abrams intended to enter Lethal Heat in Sunday's $200,000 Melair Stakes for statebred 3-year-old fillies, but an apparent miscommunication between Abrams and the racing office resulted in her not being entered.

Rubinstein named VP development

Josh Rubinstein, 38, has been named Del Mar's vice-president for development, the track announced on Friday.

Rubinstein, who has worked at the track since 1995 and held the title of director of marketing since 2003, will direct the track's sponsorship, in-house broadcasting, simulcasting, and corporate marketing ventures.