08/29/2011 1:08PM

Del Mar: Big pick-six carryover, large fields await horseplayers

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Heleonor Rugby, winner of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes, is among the favorites for Wednesday's Generous Portion at Del Mar.

DEL MAR, Calif. – The pick six at Del Mar on Wednesday begins with a carryover of $341,252 and is likely to draw a pool in excess of $2 million.

Big numbers do not stop there.

To win the jackpot wager, players must sift through entries that feature full fields in five races and a group of nine fillies in the $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes for statebred 2-year-old sprinters.

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The pick six covers the third through eighth races on a program that begins at 2 p.m., Pacific. Four of the races feature 12 or more entrants, including the first three legs.

In the third race, a maiden claimer for 2-year-old fillies over 5 1/2 furlongs, there are 14 entries, but the field will have 12 starters. There are four first-time starters from stables that do well with such horses – Anna You’re Up, English Puddin, Kvetch, and Playing Dirty. Ansede, beaten a nose in her debut Aug. 11, is a contender.

There are 14 entrants in an $8,000 claimer over six furlongs in the fourth race, but only 12 will start. Certified Diamond, Don Elias M., Purse Luva, Raingear, and Thrice the Vice have won or placed in races at this level. Certified Diamond has drawn post 12 and may go favored.

The fifth race is a wide-open, six-furlong dash for $14,000 to $16,000 claimers with 12 entrants. Subpoena the Dress, claimed for $12,500 from a win Aug. 14, starts for trainer William E. Morey, but must catch Pick and Pray, the likely pacesetter.

The smallest field in the pick-six races is the sixth, an optional claimer over five furlongs on turf for fillies and mares. Because of the narrow turf course, the maximum number of starters is seven. The speedy Alaska Miss makes her turf debut in her ninth start, but must hold off course winner Nice Meidel and West Ruler, who was third in a similar race Aug. 11.

After the Generous Portion, the seventh race, the program ends with a maiden claimer for 2-year-olds over 5 1/2 furlongs. There are 14 entrants, but 12 will start.

Truco Latino, second in the Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park in June but pulled up and ninth in two subsequent starts, drops to his lowest level. The first-time starter Ello Guv and Mudville Nine, who has had three gate works since a fifth in his debut last month, are alternatives.

Generous Portion draws deep field

In a sense, a few of the fillies in the $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes are overqualified for the six-furlong race.

River Kiss was second in the Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes on Aug. 5 and could easily start in Saturday’s $250,000 Del Mar Debutante. Trainer Doug O’Neill insists that the Generous Portion has more appeal.

“I think we have to take advantage of the California-bred factor,” O’Neill said.

River Kiss drew post 8, which should help her chances. By Awesome Gambler, River Kiss has proven to be adaptable, closing from fifth to win a maiden race at Hollywood Park on July 17 and leading to deep stretch in the Sorrento.

“I thought she ran dynamite,” O’Neill said. “She’s very mature. With two races under her belt, I think she’ll do better and better. She’s run well on this track.”

The field includes two stakes winners – Heleonor Rugby, who won the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes here July 22 and was third in the Sorrento; and Power of Nine, winner of the Wine Country Debutante at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa on Aug. 6. Willa B Awesome and Roar Baby Roar, second and third in the CTBA, are part of the field. Willa B Awesome was fourth in the Sorrento.

Jerry Hollendorfer trains Roar Baby Roar and the highly promising maiden race winner Lookin for Jonesy. In her debut here July 31, Lookin for Jonesy broke slowly after she hopped at the start and closed more than eight lengths to win the race over 5 1/2 furlongs by a length.