10/23/2002 11:00PM

Greenland attempts repeat performance


ARCADIA, Calif. - It will be a long wait between the first and second races Saturday.

The five-hour gap - the first live race is at 9:45 a.m. and the second at 3:05 p.m. - is filled, of course, by the eight-race Breeders' Cup simulcast from Arlington International. Santa Anita's gates open Saturday at 8 a.m.

The live program consists of an ordinary seven-race card in which the feature race is a one-other-than allowance at a mile on turf.

Trainer Ron McAnally may have the horse to beat in the race 6 feature. Greenland was a 36-1 longshot in an identical situation Oct. 5, and unexpectedly ran a huge race. Greenland pressed a fast pace, made the lead into the lane, then held third in arguably the best effort of his seven-race career. A 4-year-old by Green Dancer, Greenland will be ridden again Saturday by Tyler Baze.

Fourteen runners entered the mile turf race and 12 will start. Handicappers who do not trust Greenland to run two alike will find no obvious alternatives. Torsionnaire blew the far turn in his his United States debut and finished sixth. If new jockey David Flores can keep him running straight, the import from France might be good enough. He is trained by Marty Jones.

Stratus is a Darrell Vienna trainee making his first start in this hemisphere after having won 2 of 9 in Argentina; Connor is an import from Europe making his U.S. debut for trainer Bob Hess; Don't Holler returns from a layoff of more than six months.

There will be no pick six or place pick-all offered on the live program Saturday. Carryovers from Friday would go to the Sunday card. The Saturday wagering menu will include a $1 pick four on races 4-7.

$100,000-plus pick six payoff

Only one winning favorite in the pick six on Wednesday led to a payoff of $134,041 on a card that featured a $520,536 carryover. More than $1.9 million was wagered on the pick six Wednesday. The winners in races 3-8 were: favorite Obermeister ($5.80), Briteman ($6), Morning Wine ($20.80), No Kings ($44.80), Sombrio ($9.40), and Candita ($8). There were 12 winning tickets in the pick six.

Explicit retired

Grade 2 winner Explicit has been retired, according to trainer Ian Jory. A 5-year-old son of Distant View, Explicit won the Grade 2 True North Handicap in June at Belmont and the Grade 3 Count Fleet Handicap in April at Oaklawn Park. He finished sixth in his last start Oct. 5 in the Grade 1 Ancient Title Handicap. Explicit retires having won 6 races and $603,190 from 26 starts.

* D'wildcat, forced to miss the Breeders' Cup Sprint after getting sick, will point for the Grade 3 Vernon O. Underwood Handicap on Dec. 7 at Hollywood Park.

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