05/14/2008 11:00PM

Indian Sun tries to find his niche


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - After nine starts, Indian Sun has yet to win a stakes, and yet to indicate to owner Cecil Peacock and trainer Dan Hendricks what kind of surface he prefers.

Stakes-placed on both turf and synthetic tracks, Indian Sun may answer that question in Saturday's $100,000 Will Rogers Stakes at Hollywood Park. The Grade 3 Will Rogers is run at a mile on turf for 3-year-olds and is the second race on an 11-race program that begins at noon.

The Will Rogers will be Indian Sun's first start on turf since he won an allowance race at Santa Anita in February, and could provide the Peacock-Hendricks team with a plan for the summer. "We'll see if this is what he wants to do," Hendricks said.

Since his latest win, Indian Sun finished fourth in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes in March and fourth in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in April. He did not have sufficient earnings, or results, to gain a berth into the Kentucky Derby.

To win the Will Rogers, Indian Sun must have a pace to follow, and there are a couple among his five opponents who have speed. Polonius, the front-running winner of the one-mile Pasadena Stakes on turf at Santa Anita in March, is part of the field. He comes off a ninth in the Santa Anita Derby. Red Sky Dubai, who has shown speed in his last two starts, including a fourth in the Harry Henson Stakes on April 25, is likely to be on the lead.

Indian Sun's biggest threat will be Tiz West, who is expected to be a strong favorite. Trained by Richard Mandella, Tiz West enters the Will Rogers on a two-race win streak at Santa Anita - a maiden race on March 24 and the La Puente Stakes on April 12. He is likely to get an ideal trip stalking the front-runners, and may prove difficult for Indian Sun to catch.

Dearest Trickski back from break

A few months later than expected, Dearest Trickski will risk her five-race winning streak when she starts in Saturday's $75,000 Desert Stormer Handicap.

The six-furlong race for fillies and mares will be Dearest Trickski's first start since a convincing win in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Jan. 26.

"We decided to give her a little rest and she got a little sick," trainer John Sadler said. "The plan wasn't to give her this much time off."

Claimed for $32,000 last August, Dearest Trickski is unbeaten since then for owner Tom Mankiewicz. The 4-year-old filly's winning streak includes an allowance race at Hollywood Park last November and the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita in December.

A front-runner, Dearest Trickski has seven rivals in the Desert Stormer, the fifth race. Two of those opponents could give Dearest Trickski pressure on the front - Overly Tempting, who was fourth in the Grade 3 Las Flores Handicap at Santa Anita on April 6, and Batallosa, a Group 1 winner in Argentina, who was eighth in her U.S. debut here last June.

Sadler is hoping to use Saturday's race as a prep to the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap at seven furlongs on June 28. He has the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita in October as a long-term goal for Dearest Trickski.

Wake Up Maggie takes Long Beach

Wake Up Maggie ($4.60) won her first U.S. stakes in Wednesday's $67,870 Long Beach, moving the 5-year-old closer to a start in the $750,000 CashCall Mile on July 5.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, Wake Up Maggie was fourth for the first half-mile and rallied along the rail to reach the front on the turn. She pulled away to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Heathersdaddysbaby, finishing a mile on turf in 1:35.14. I Can See finished third in the field of six fillies and mares.

Wake Up Maggie races for a partnership and trainer Julio Canani. Last week, Canani said he would consider starting Wake Up Maggie in the $75,000 Redondo Beach Stakes at a mile on turf on June 7 to stay on schedule for the CashCall Mile, a Grade 2. The winner of two group stakes in England last year, Wake Up Maggie has won 5 of 17 starts and $532,524.

More than 200 players hit pick six

Wednesday's pick six returned $2,987.60 to 233 ticket holders after the bet began with a one-day carryover of $154,139 from Sunday. Bettors added $975,434 to the pool on Wednesday.

The winners of the pick six races were Street Match ($8.80), Peace Accord ($8.20), Benchmark Kid ($7.20), Lutyens ($10.60), Wake Up Maggie ($4.60), and Call Aly ($3.40). Peace Accord, Benchmark Kid, Wake Up Maggie, and Call Aly were favored.

* Thor's Echo, the Eclipse Award-winning sprinter of 2006, worked six furlongs in 1:12.40 at Hollywood Park on Wednesday. Trained by Doug O'Neill, Thor's Echo has not raced since finishing sixth in the 2007 Golden Shaheen in Dubai.