05/22/2006 11:00PM

Hollywood pick six preview for May 24


Carryover - $616,240

Race 3
1 1/8 Miles (Turf Chute)
Starter Allowance
3-year-olds and upward
Purse $27,000

Where's My Halo looms an intriguing contender in the opening leg of Wednesday's pick six. A son of Hunting Hard, Where's My Halo made his only previous turf start two back at Santa Anita, and made a good impression. After trailing the field early, he angled wide while in between horses turning for home, and finished mildly for second. Where's My Halo was flattered when two of the horses he finished ahead of returned to win their very next starts. Trained by John Sadler, Where's My Halo shows a reassuring five-furlong workout in preparation for this race, and figures to be running late under apprentice Martin Garcia.

Blind Harry's only win to date came on Del Mar dirt, but he has put up some solid numbers on the grass, and just missed going down the hill at Santa Anita last time. He gets a major rider switch to Pat Valenzuela, and figures to be close to the expected moderate pace.

Pathbreaking makes his turf debut after failing as the favorite in his last three races. His dam, Jacodra's Devil, was Grade 2-placed on the grass. He must spot 14 pounds to Where's My Halo, however.

Race 4
5 1/2 Furlongs
Maiden Claiming
3-year-olds and upward
Claiming price $40,000-$35,000
Purse $20,000.

My First Big Kiss received quite an education in career debut when saving ground, and getting dirt kicked in his face. He finished evenly that day, and gets weight off with capable apprentice named.

No Excesses Here only cost 5.5K as a yearling, and 10K as juvenile, but he is a half to a stakes-winner by quality debut sire In Excess. He figures to offer value for low-profile connections.

Popular Coffee has yet to crack the superfecta, but he has some angles in his corner. He'll go turf to dirt in the third start of the form cycle, puts the blinkers back on, and will make his first start in a state bred maiden claimer.

Swiss Arrow also puts the shades back on for the third start off the bench, and his early speed should carry him well in his maiden claiming debut.

Purple Slurple showed good speed in career debut at Turf Paradise, and should be a strong early factor. He hasn't raced since April 11, however, and was a vet scratch on April 25.

Race 5
5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)
Maiden Special Weight
3-year-olds and upward.
Purse $45,000.

Ellwood and Jake shows strong workouts for career debut, and it's nice to see P. Val take the mount for Mike Mitchell. The Mr. Greeley-Majestic Light 'nick' has produced three winners from four runners. Ellwood and Jake sold for 30K as a yearling before being purchased for 57K in February of 2005. Ellwood and Jake's dam was a multiple Grade 1-placed runner on dirt, and was also a winner on grass. Expect him to show good speed at first asking.

Succeed Or Bust has a strong turf pedigree. The son of Miswaki has a classy female family, and he was compromised by a slow start in his career debut on the main track. He was claimed away from Doug O' Neill, however, and P. Val departs for Ellwood and Jake.

Rateau showed high speed in all three of his lifetime starts, and the son of Rahy should love switching surfaces. A half-brother to graded winner Lexicon, Rateau may be the one to beat.

Jaygreg has speed and the rail, and he should benefit from his recent start - his first since last May. His dam (by Kris S.) was 2-3 on the grass, and this gelding will likely in the hunt from the opening bell.
Seastate and Sound and Vision should take support based on their previous turf runs coupled with their strong connections. The former has good early speed while Seastate goes second off the layoff with the top Beyer on display.

Race 6
1 1/16 Miles
Fillies and mares
4-year-olds and upward
Claiming price $12,500-$10,500
Purse $17,500

Honor Spirit has worked swiftly since being claimed by Peter Eurton on April 14, and the mare has done very well on this surface in the past. She doesn't necessarily need the lead to win, and may sit a nice pace tracking, ground-saving trip under apprentice Ochoa. She drifted in badly during the stretch run of her latest race, but the subsequent rest might have done her a world of good.

Rude Behavior makes the first start off the Carava claim, and she was a bit rank going into the backstretch last time out. She galloped out nicely after the runner-up effort to Zee Topper, and shows a quick half-mile work for this. She may stalk the expected hot fractions while racing in the clear.

Hearditherefirst and Strictly Legit may battle for early supremacy. William Cory claimed the former from her last start while Strictly Legit drops for Jeff Mullins. There are some stamina issues with both of these gals, and a prolonged pace battle may doom them to minor placings.

Race 7
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Claiming price $50,000-$45,000
Purse $39,000

Helmsgold made a premature wide move to take the lead in her turf debut at Golden Gate before understandably tiring in the stretch. She seems well spotted for this 50K tag for Doug O' Neill, and has enough tactical speed to stay close to the pace in this spot.

Andover the Cash has very competitive Beyer Speed Figures, but is a maiden facing some multiple winners. She had some traffic trouble last time out, and should be rolling late.

Late Date was the beaten favorite at Golden Gate last time out after racing wide every step of the way. She changed back to her wrong lead in midstretch, and that may have sapped her late punch.

Watch Me Win is eligible to show better early foot in first route start while layoff lines have plagued Arabic Dancer.

Race 8
4 1 /2 Furlongs
Maiden Special Weight
Purse $45,000.

Chamayo shows bullet work for career debut, and she has a very precocious pedigree. She is a half-sister to a stakes-placed turf runner that won on dirt, and catches a moderate field for her unveiling.
Raging rallied for the place in her debut, but that was in a maiden claimer, and she'll step up to face special weight rivals on Wednesday. She should be close to the leaders when they swing into the stretch.
Making Haste was shuffled back going into the turn of her race two back, then was caught in traffic during the stretch run before galloping out nicely. She was a bit eager last time out, but the Cal-bred adds blinkers and may attempt to speed-pop these.
Swiss Rose switches to P. Val after solid debut while Prenuptial cost $150K in March. Prenuptial has really picked up the pace in her last two workouts.

Possible pick six ticket:

Leg A - Blind Harry, Where's My Halo
Leg B - My First Big Kiss, Popularcoffee, No Excesses Here
Leg C - Ellwood and Jake
Leg D - Honor Spirit, Rude Behavior
Leg E - Andover the Cash, Late Date, Helmsgold
Leg F - Making Haste, Chamayo, Raging.

2 x 3 x 1 x 2 x 3 x 3 = 108 combinations