09/19/2004 11:00PM

Longshots trigger record pick four, super


POMONA, Calif. - Fairplex Park has scheduled another $200,000-guaranteed pick four pool for Saturday, one week after bettors poured a track-record $296,427 into the guaranteed pick four last Saturday. The guarantee was a first for Fairplex, and longshots in three of the races caused the $1 bet to return a Fairplex record $38,535.60.

The winners were King George W. ($102.20); Blazing Bartok ($6.60), the only favorite; Lunar Flight ($29.40) in the Barretts Debutante; and first-time starter Snow Time Lady ($10) in race 12. Six winning tickets were purchased at Fairplex, Del Mar, Hollywood Park, and three out-of-state wagering hubs - in Las Vegas, Texas, and Pennsylvania. The Fairplex pick four featured full fields and competitive racing, while the NTRA pick four on Sunday included two odds-on favorites and returned $178.50.

An off-the-board finish by She's Salty in the Barretts Debutante led to a record payoff of $53,130.10 in the $1 superfecta. Only one winning ticket isolated the first four finishers, which were Lunar Flight (13-1), Berntstein's Babe (4-1), Bertha Jo (11-1), and She Will Get Away (25-1). The previous record superfecta payoff was set just two races earlier in race 9 when King George W. lit up the board at a win mutuel of $102.20. The $1 superfecta paid $43,482.40 to one ticket.

Alphabet Kisses has minor ailment

Alphabet Kisses, the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the $60,000 CTBA Marian Stakes on Monday, was scratched earlier in the day by trainer Marty Jones. "She just wasn't right," Jones said.

Alphabet Kisses, a front-running filly, finished third in a grueling effort 16 days earlier in a fast-paced stakes on Sept. 4 at Del Mar.

Jones declined to be specific and said that Alphabet Kisses had a "minor setback." Asked how long she would be out, the trainer said, "We'll see."

A three-time winner from six starts, Alphabet Kisses is owned by John Harris, who bred her and is the chairman of the California Horse Racing Board. The scratch of Alphabet Kisses left CTBA Marian starter Drought Breaker as the 4-5 favorite on the program.

Cal Cup Distaff next for 'Market'

Market Garden ($4.80) earned a berth in the $150,000 California Cup Distaff on Oct. 16 by scoring a runaway win Friday in the $54,600 Pio Pico Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares. Trained by Bill Spawr, ridden by Martin Pedroza, and owned by Sid and Jenny Craig, Market Garden won the 6 1/2-furlong Pio Pico by four lengths over last year's winner, Bold Roberta. Icantgoforthat finished third in the four-runner field. Market Garden was the first favorite to win a stakes this meet.

Pedroza aiming for meet record

It certainly did not qualify as a slump, but leading jockey Martin Pedroza ended his longest drought of the meet - covering eight races - when he won the Barretts Juvenile on Sunday with Beat the Chalk.

"I was a little concerned because Omar Figueroa was riding this race; he wins every stakes around here," Pedroza said, smiling.

The win was the 29th of the meet for Pedroza, who has set his sights on the all-time single-season record of 48 set in 1991 by David Flores. Through Sunday, Pedroza has won with 29 of 75 mounts, a 39 percent strike rate, and is on pace to win 49.

Record within O'Neill's reach

Doug O'Neill is quietly closing in on the meet record for wins by a trainer. Through Sunday, after 10 days of the 17-day meet, O'Neill had won nine races from 22 starters and was four away from the meet record of 13 set in 1986 by Mel Stute. O'Neill had two starters entered Monday, one on Tuesday, and three on Wednesday. O'Neill led the 43-day Del Mar meet with 28 wins. At last year's fair meet, O'Neill won 10 races and tied with Wesley Ward for the title.

Shezsospirtual heads Las Madrinas

Shezsospiritual, winner of the E.B. Johnston Stakes on Sept. 12 by more than five lengths, will be one of the favorites Friday in the $100,000 Las Madrinas Handicap for fillies and mares.

"She's doing really well," trainer Mike Mitchell said. "The owners said I could run her if I wanted to, so we're going to go."

Eleven fillies and mares nominated to the Las Madrinas, including Fairplex allowance winner Awesome Lady, who will run here or at Hastings on Saturday. Other nominees for the Las Madrinas are All Glory, Beaucette, Bold Roberta, Imagoldseeker, Lady Thatcher, Lucky in Love, Marwood, Muir Beach, and Tale of a Dream.

The $100,000 Pomona Derby on Saturday may include Derby Trial winner Lava Man, Semi Lost, and Power Tripper.

The $100,000 Ralph M. Hinds Pomona Invitational Handicap will be run Sunday, closing day of the fair meet. Possibles include Kristine's King, Hotel Hall, Eye Pea Oh, and Jake Skate.

* Jockey Juan Leyva will miss the remainder of the Los Angeles County Fair meet after a spill in a Quarter Horse race on Sunday. Leyva had an "extremely swollen ankle," according to agent Tony Delia, and was scheduled to meet with a specialist Monday.