01/08/2007 12:00AM

Fast Parade key to $600K carryover


ARCADIA, Calif. - On a day when most of the races making up the pick six have several contenders, bettors chasing the mammoth $623,110 carryover Wednesday at Santa Anita might be desperately searching for a single. Their quest ends in the seventh race.

Fast Parade, who heads the featured $75,000 Impressive Luck Handicap, rates as the day's most probable winner. He already has proven form against better company, and is unbeaten in two turf sprints. The only potential hiccup is that he has yet to race over Santa Anita's hillside turf course. But considering that his five wins have come at five different tracks, it's not as though he's a one-trick pony. He has the potential to turn the pick six into a pick five.

Fast Parade rejoined trainer Peter Miller's barn over the summer, following a private purchase. He then validated Miller's opinion that he was a sprinter, and a darn good one at that. Fast Parade won the Green Flash Handicap going five furlongs on the Del Mar turf in August, then shipped to Woodbine and captured the Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes going six furlongs on turf. He has the tactical speed to avoid trouble, and has an outside post, which generally is beneficial down the hill.

Six others are entered against Fast Parade in the 6 1/2-furlong turf sprint, most notably Ramsgate, who comes off a three-win campaign over Cushion Track at Hollywood Park's fall meeting. His only grass race was disappointing, but it was around two turns.

El Roblar has a history of running well fresh, and he has turned in a series of sharp works for trainer Richard Mandella for his first start since April 1.

But if Fast Parade runs his race, they all figure to be running for second.

No one hit the pick six either Saturday or Sunday at Santa Anita, which yielded the huge carryover into Wednesday. First post time at Santa Anita on Wednesday is 1 p.m. Pacific. The pick six begins with the third race, which is scheduled to go off a little after 2 p.m.

The third race is a first-level allowance for older fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on turf. Many of the leading contenders have been stuck at this level for quite some time. Fun Logic was second in a similar race, but at a mile, on opening day, Dec. 26. Fortunate Event ran well at 1 1/4 miles in the Cal Cup Distaff Handicap in October. Velvet Moonlite's lone grass race was good, albeit in a starter-allowance. Athena Two O Four beat maidens when she added Lasix for her most recent start.

The fourth is a $12,500 claiming race for 4-year-old fillies goling six furlongs. Brandi's Starlite beat a similar group at Hollywood. Mama Lula is taking a class drop while making her first start for high-percentage trainer Brian Koriner. Mudd in Yer Eye won at this level during Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting. Topper's Gold is taking a big class drop for her return. Prizessin beat Mudd in Yer Eye at Hollywood, but has yet to finish in the money in four starts here.

Class dropper Laurolympio may be the one to beat in the fifth, for 3-year-old $32,000 maiden claimers at six furlongs. He exits a fast $80,000 race at Hollywood. Mr. Bond makes his first start since being claimed by trainer Julio Canani, who gets jockey Garrett Gomez to ride. The speedy Brickland drops to the lowest level at which he has raced. Holy Is the Lord comes from a barn that can pop first time out at a price. Another first-timer, Meritsndemerits, has a promising series of works.

The sixth, for $12,500 claiming 4-year-olds at a mile, might be the most difficult race in the sequence. On Edge exits a tough starter-allowance race and should improve in this field. Handsome Lover also benefits from a class drop. Maritime Commander has won twice in his last three starts, but is dropping to half the price at which he was recently claimed. El Salvador is also dropping off a claim, though he picks up Victor Espinoza. Risen River has finished second in three straight races and 6 of 12 lifetime. Plan for Fun is dropping, too, and owns a pair of wins at Santa Anita.

Following the Impressive Luck, the day concludes with a six-furlong race for $40,000 maiden claiming California-bred 3-year-old fillies. Up Your Wager, ignored at 44-1, was second in good time while well clear of the third horse in her debut. She is the one to beat. Tribal Princess, who flashed speed against a stronger group, and Mean Heat, who showed a bit of promise last spring, also have good proven form. A Funny Thing, Summer Gal, and Run Lily Run have a solid series of drills for their debuts, as does Curiously Sweet, who needs to draw in from the also-eligible list.