04/30/2008 11:00PM

El Roblar back for more


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - El Roblar has won stakes over turf and dirt. The only problem for owner Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables and trainer Richard Mandella is considerable time seems to go by between such milestones.

When El Roblar starts in Saturday's $100,000 Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park, he will be seeking his third career stakes win and first since the Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap last June.

In an injury-plagued career, the 6-year-old El Roblar has had only one start since the Ack Ack, a third in the Grade 2 Potrero Grande Handicap at Santa Anita on April 5.

"He ran a nice race the other day sprinting," Mandella said. "I think it should have him set up for this race."

Equally as important, Mandella is hoping that El Roblar does not have a limited season in 2008. In 2006, he was sidelined by a bone chip in a hock. Last year, a bone chip in an ankle ended his campaign after the Ack Ack.

A winner of 5 of 13 starts and $323,946, El Roblar will be after his second stakes win on turf in the Grade 3 Inglewood, which is run over 1 1/16 miles. In 2005, El Roblar won a division of the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar. He has appeared in four subsequent turf stakes, including a second in the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita in April 2007.

The Inglewood Handicap has drawn a field of nine, three of which are trained by Bobby Frankel - Hello Sunday, Heroi de Bafra, and Storm Military. All are coming off losses.

Storm Military, 6, may be Frankel's best chance. The winner of the Thunder Road Handicap at Santa Anita in February, he was later fourth in the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile on turf and seventh in the Grade 2 Commonwealth Stakes on the Polytrack at Keeneland on April 12.

The Inglewood marks the 2008 debut of Get Funky, winner of the 2006 Del Mar Derby and the 2007 Morvich Handicap. Trained by John Sadler, Get Funky was second in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile last May, a race that is likely to figure on his schedule on May 26 of this year. Get Funky is making his first start since the Morvich last October.

Three other starters are coming off wins - Ghosttrapper, Mr Napper Tandy, and Uffizi.

First post is noon for the 11-race program.

Pick six returns $49K to 34 winners

Chasing a massive one-day pick-six carryover of $555,186 from Sunday, bettors added a whopping $2,025,533 to the pool Wednesday. Despite the presence of three winning favorites Wednesday, the pick six returned $49,403 to 34 ticketholders.

The winners of Wednesday's pick six races were Atka ($8), Exuma ($12.60), Mini Do ($5), Ann's Plan ($7.60), Madeo ($8.20), and Snow Delicious ($5.80). Mini Do, Ann's Plan, and Snow Delicious were favored.

The one-day carryover was larger than normal because Sunday's pool was guaranteed to reach $1 million as part of a promotion on California Gold Rush Day, a program of stakes for statebreds.

Del Mar ticket office opens

The Del Mar ticket office began accepting online orders for admission, reserved seats, and dining room tables on Friday, the track announced earlier this week.

Table reservations for opening day, July 16, and for Pacific Classic Day, Aug. 24, are no longer available, having been allotted through a lottery in early April.

Further information is available on the track's website www.dmtc.com