03/29/2004 12:00AM

Juliette looks like a single for pick six


ARCADIA, Calif. - A pick-six bettor could do worse than single European import Juliette in the feature race Wednesday at Santa Anita, where a $190,587 carryover is up for grabs. Beyond solid European form, Juliette makes her U.S. debut for one of the hottest trainers in Southern California.

Bobby Frankel, who has won with 24 of his last 71 starters at Santa Anita, said Juliette is primed for a top effort first out.

"She's dead fit," he said, adding that she is no secret. "She probably will be favored; she has good form in Europe."

Seven fillies and mares race 1 1/8 miles on turf in the two-other-than allowance. Juliette's two main rivals are Mer de Corail, who is dropping out of stakes, and Stage Shy, a full sister to Grade 1 winner Geri. Stage Shy impressively won her U.S. debut Jan. 29 for trainer Neil Drysdale.

won 2 of 8 in Europe, including a listed stakes, and her Timeform ratings make her a logical favorite at this condition. A 4-year-old filly sired by Sadler's Wells, Juliette is to be ridden by Alex Solis. Notwithstanding her trainer's strong endorsement, the race is not a walkover for Juliette.

Mer de Corail has been facing the likes of Grade 1 winners Megahertz and Heat Haze, and drops to an allowance for the first time since last summer. Trained by Patrick Biancone, Mer de Corail will be ridden by Mike Smith.

Stage Shy beat little in her U.S. debut in a one-other-than allowance, but won with energy in reserve. Stage Shy has raced just five times, and has much upside potential.

The field for race 7 is completed by Kirtle, Ran for the Dough, Tifonica, and Esmay. It is a race Juliette is expected to win. The other five legs of the pick six (races 3-8) are less clear. Race 3 is a mile turf race for older fillies and mares, led by Call a Judge and Jordyn Macoma.

Race 4 is a three-other-than sprint for fillies and mares; all six entrants have a shot. Coconut Girl and fast-working comebacker Devious Impact top the field, but their advantage is minimal. It's the same in race 5, a $50,000 claimer for 3-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs on turf. We All Love Aleyna and Memory Man lead the field.

Bottom-level maiden claimers race six furlongs in race 6, led by Jen's Spell and Shesasureshot. In race 8, a maiden claimer for Cal-breds, dropper Lessur adds blinkers and will try to hold off Swiss Tamerlane and Tangmalangaloo.