04/07/2002 11:00PM

Imadeed may be key to pick six


JAMAICA, N.Y. - A $38,159 pick six carryover, the first turf race of the season, and a stakes-caliber allowance sprint for fillies and mares highlight Wednesday's nine-race card at Aqueduct.

Should pick six players make it through the first five legs of the bet, many will be relying on trainer Steve Young to have Imadeed ready off a 53-day layoff in the eighth, a classified allowance at six furlongs.

Imadeed returns to New York after a last-place finish in the Richmond Handicap at Golden Gate on Feb. 16. According to Young, Imadeed, who usually likes to race on the lead, was left at the gate and was never a factor.

Young noted that Imadeed had to chase very fast fractions in the Richmond of 21.69 seconds and 43.82.

"When she wasn't going to win," he said, "Ronnie [Warren] took care of her."

The Richmond was Imadeed's first start since Aug. 26, when she finished last in the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga. Young said Imadeed was battling a foot problem from earlier in the summer and after the Ballerina he gave her time off to let the foot grow out.

Imadeed is 3 for 3 at Aqueduct and is 4 for 8 at six furlongs.

Grandma Lu could give Imadeed trouble. A daughter of Salt Lake, Grandma Lu won two straight allowance races over the inner track before getting dueled into defeat in a classified allowance race over the main track on March 17. That race, won by Dat You Miz Blue, returns five starters for this race.

Should Grandma Lu and Imadeed mix it up early, expect Look of the Lynx to pick up the pieces. Look of the Lynx made the lead in the stretch of that March 17 race only to be run down late by Dat You Miz Blue. Mike Luzzi rides Look of the Lynx from the rail.

Earlier on the card, the first turf race of the season is scheduled, with a full field of 12 maidens set to run nine furlongs. Peppermint Kid, who is 0 for 4 on dirt, has the pedigree to excel on turf. He's a son of Kingmambo and his second dam, Gaily Gaily, was a multiple stakes winner on turf.

Mccourt ships in for trainer Michael Dickinson after finishing third in his turf and career debut at Fair Grounds. Dickinson has an excellent percentage with his second-time starters and has secured the services of leading rider John Velazquez.

Omit the Dividend and Hannah's Baby, coupled as a Gary Sciacca-trained entry, each has run well on turf.

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