05/20/2007 11:00PM

Flores has live ones in pick six sequence


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - David Flores, the man of the day on Sunday's card at Hollywood Park, could be the star again for some bettors on Wednesday.

Flores won the 3,000th race of his career in Sunday's Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes on Time to Get Even. Wednesday, Flores has five mounts on the eight-race program, three of which figure to play important roles in a pick six that features a two-day carryover of $850,466.

Flores's three mounts in the pick six races have excellent chances: Casual Thunder in the third, Parko in the fifth, and Idiot Proof in the seventh.

Casual Thunder is one of several candidates in a one-mile starter allowance race on turf, the first leg of the pick six. Trained by Julio Canani, Casual Thunder was third in a similar race at Santa Anita on April 22, his first start for Canani.

The race has eight entrants, including Rival Islands, second in that April 22 race, and Surf Town, the winner of a maiden claimer on turf at Bay Meadows on April 14.

Parko was fourth in an allowance race on turf at Santa Anita on April 6, but that has turned out to be a key race. The first two finishers - Worldly and Silent Soul - ran one-two in the Will Rogers Stakes on Sunday.

Canani trains Parko, who is winless in three starts in this country.

"I think that race will set him up pretty well," Flores said of Parko's allowance race.

A $51,000 allowance, the race has eight runners, including the sharp maiden race winners Tycoon Doby and Yankee Bay. Robbos Courage will be making his turf debut after finishing second in an allowance race at seven furlongs on April 19. He was scratched from Sunday's Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Knighthood will make his turf debut in the fifth race. By Fusaichi Pegasus out of the stakes winner Tomorrow's Song, Knighthood was third in a seven-furlong allowance race at Santa Anita on April 19, his third career start.

Idiot Proof is expected to be favored in the seventh, a $49,000 allowance race at six furlongs. Trained by Clifford Sise, Idiot Proof was fifth in the San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita on April 8, after leading to the final sixteenth. The colt is seeking his third win in his fifth career start.

"I think he'll like this track," Flores said. "I worked him last week, and he handled it pretty well."

Pick Vic will figure on many tickets, having won a $100,000 claimer for maidens at Santa Anita on April 8 in his fourth career start.

The fourth race is one of the more wide-open races on the program, a maiden claimer for 2-year-olds going five furlongs.

Skipper Mike leads the field and adds blinkers after finishing second in his debut on May 1. The first time-starter Steel Kitten has worked well for trainer Christopher Paasch, who has a strong record with 2-year-olds.

The sixth race is a maiden claimer at 1 1/16 miles, and it features a weak field. Calculation, second in a similar race on May 5, will be supported by default. The only other runner in the field of 12 to finish second in a race in this country is Weft, who was a well-beaten fifth in his last start.

The day's final race is not much better, a $10,000 claiming race at six furlongs for California-bred fillies and mares.

The top contenders are O Bee Naki, who was fourth against $20,000 claimers on May 4; Star Quality, second in a $10,000 claimer against open company on April 25; Lupita'sluckyangel, second in an $8,000 claimer on May 13; and Tina Ballerina, who won a race at this level on May 2.