07/23/2003 11:00PM

Del Mar carryover at $165,313


DEL MAR, Calif.-A string of longshots on Wednesday's opening day at Del Mar has produced a pick six carryover of $165,313 for Thursday's eight-race program.

The pick six will cover the third through eighth races on Thursday. Here is a glance at the changes and leading contenders for Thursday's pick six.

In the third race, there are no major changes in a maiden claimer for 2-year-old California-bred fillies. Itsagalthing, a late-closing third against $40,000 maiden claimers on June 5, is the 2-1 favorite on the morning-line. The first-time starter Honor Game is 4-1, but starts from the outside in a field of nine.

There are two scratches in the fourth race, a six-furlong sprint for $9,000 to $10,000 state-bred claimers. Thisone'sforernie and Welcome Aboard are scratched, leaving 12 starters. Divine Assurance, who has been claimed in his last two starts, is 7-2 attempting to end a lengthy layoff. The race is likely to require bettors to spread their selections. L'Natural High, Knish, and Madeittothemoon, who ran well in their last starts, will appear on many tickets.

The sixth race is a maiden special weight over six furlongs for California-breds. Exceeding, second in his last start on June 15, will be a strong favorite. Jones Tale, unraced for nearly a year, is a contender trained by Bruce Headley, who does well off the layoff.

The last three legs are over a mile or farther. The sixth race is a starter allowance over a mile for fillies and mares. There are 10 entrants. Golden KK, second in the 2002 CTBA Stakes, will attempt to end a string of three consecutive runner-up finishes. Darling Demon, second in a similar race on turf at Hollywood Park on July 3, will be supported but has drawn the outside post.

The day's feature is an optional claimer over 1 3/8 miles on turf. Dr. Hill, April Steel, Jazz Fest Weekend are scratched, leaving a field of 10. Groom on the Run is the 3-1 morning-line favorite. A 4-year-old, he was second in an allowance race over 1 1/8 miles on the main track on June 4 and was fifth in the Quicken Tree Stakes for California-breds on June 15.

Mirific deserves a look. A 4-year-old gelding, he was arguably best in a starter allowance over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Hollywood Park on July 13, but could not recover from a troubled trip in the stretch. He will need to improve to compete at this level.

In the finale, there are 10 starters in a one-mile race for California-bred maiden claimers. Ivan Motley makes his first start for a tag, having gone winless in seven starts in maiden special weight races. He has to beat Ulloa, who is winless in nine starts, and Chadwicks Well, who is winless in 11.