08/16/2007 12:00AM

Del Mar Friday carryover: $138,000


DEL MAR, Calif.- Despite four winning favorites on Thursday, there is a pick six carryover of $138,250 for Friday’s program at Del Mar.

The pick six on Thursday proved to be tricky because one of the winners was the sixth and longest choice in the betting and another winner was the eighth choice.

Friday’s pick six covers the third through eighth races on a program that begins at 3:30 p.m. Pacific. The first pick six race is scheduled to start at 4:33 p.m.

Every race in Friday’s pick six is run on the synthetic Polytrack surface. The day’s lone turf race is the second race.

The third race is a starter allowance for 2-year-olds with a field of eight. Bear Creek, who drew the outside, will be favored following a troubled fifth-place finish in the Graduation Stakes on July 25. There will be support for Polish Pete, a nose winner of a maiden claimer on July 26, and Commissioner Gordon, a troubled third against similar on July 27.

The fourth race is run over 5 1/2 furlongs, the shortest race of the day. The race is run for maidens entered for $62,500 claiming prices and has 10 entrants. The race has an open feel. Absolute Courage, claimed for $40,000 on July 26, and Transvaal Scottish, third in an $80,000 maiden claimer on Aug. 3, are contenders. Coronas at Del Mar takes a drop from maiden special weight races and Golden Gorilla makes his first start for the Juan Garcia stable.

The fifth race, a one-mile race for $9,000 to $10,000 claimers, has 10 entrants. Dontbenchme and Gold Creek Dancer are scratched from the also-eligible list. Two horses claimed from the same $16,000 claiming race on July 22 will figure in the betting – third-place finisher Easy Million, now trained by Bob Hess Jr., and Skipaslew, who finished ninth. Skipaslew rejoins Jack Carava, who trained him earlier this year. The race lacks a clear favorite, which will force bettors to spread their selections.

The sixth race is an optional claimer for statebreds over a mile. Of the nine starters, Tiz a Blend will attempt to end a four-race losing streak following a second on July 27 and Charm N Broad and Sports Edition will try to improve on third-place finishes in late July.

The $200,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares over 6 1/2 furlongs will have the shortest-priced horse on the program – River’s Prayer, the winner of the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap at Calder in July. She must beat the multiple Grade 1 winner Pussycat Doll; Lady Gamer, who has won her last three starts; and Strong Faith, who was second in the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap last month. Candy Jo was scratched from the rail.

The eighth race is a maiden claimer over a mile. Tradition, T.H. Praise, Niccolo Dream and Can’t Say No are scratched, leaving a field of 10. Live Free, winless in eight starts, will go favored, but must beat Bertrand at Mr A’s, who is winless in nine starts and was third in his last start.