06/17/2007 11:00PM

Maidens on turf make for tough puzzle


ELMONT, N.Y. - Chasing Belmont Park's pick six carryover of $72,599 on Wednesday is not for the faint of heart. Or short of cash.

The sextet of races includes two maiden turf events, and two claiming races for horses that have never won more than one race in their career. Add to that an iffy forecast Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and you have the makings of a very tricky sequence.

If you're game, here are some hints:

Race 4: Eleven entered this maiden turf sprint for a claiming tag of $45,000 down to $40,000. I could see using at least four betting interests in here, but a more manageable tickets would have to limit it to two.

Trainer Linda Rice does very well in turf sprints, and either part of her coupled entry of Arcanite and Black Diamond Dan should be used. Arcanite shortens up after running decently going longer. Black Diamond Dan ran well at Tampa and may appreciate shortening up to six furlongs.

Lemon Shore hasn't run in a year and now drops in for a tag for Christophe Clement, who excels off a layoff. If this gelding has a race in him, today might be the time we see it.

If able to spread, Mt. Orient and Kal El are the suggestions. Mt. Orient has been freshened since getting beat four lengths in a tougher maiden turf race. Kal El will be in front as far as he can take them, and there isn't much speed in this field.

Race 5: A full field of $16,000 claimers going seven furlongs. Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. has a coupled entry of Neon Magic and Theatrical Glory. Neon Magic drops to the level of his last win and shows two good works since his last race. Theatrical Glory just missed at this level while finishing six clear of the rest of the field. Charming Image ran well at this level and would benefit from an expected faster pace than in his last race.

Race 6: Big tickets might have to go four deep in this maiden turf race for New York-bred colts and geldings. Western Call ran well in his dirt debut, and now moves to turf for Stanley Hough. Hough did a similar move with Trippi's Storm, who won three straight on turf (and who is running in Wednesday's third).

Stormy Success tries turf for the first time, but his one-run style may suit him better on grass. Brushed Prince has run two races that could easily win this. Raynicks Fan comes out of a potential key race and may have found his softest field to date.

Race 7: Some may single Royal Attire, who ships up from Dutrow's Monmouth stable and drops into a claimer. However, the gelding shows no works since running fourth as the even-money choice in a first-level allowance.

On the Margin was off slowly when he broke from the rail, and forced the pace. A switch to the outside and his preferred stalking style may make him the right one. La Danian won at this level in April, but disappeared from the work tab after two solid breezes.

Race 8: Though she hasn't run since October and has lost her last five starts, Zaynab is a single. She won a first-level allowance race off a lengthy layoff last year and was running against the likes of graded stakes winner Citronnade and Miss Shop in overnight stakes last year. In Clement we trust. Can't argue with those who would add My Rachel and Survived to their tickets. Survived drops from the Grade 3 Sands Point. My Rachel beat Survived last out.

Race 9: Look to the two outside horses to get the job done in the nightcap at six furlongs. Klassy Tripp, for John Parisella, drops into the claiming ranks after running fourth in his first start for him in March. He was working well in May before he disappeared from the tab.

Our Top Cat just missed at this level going seven furlongs last month. He cuts back to the distance of his lone win and gets Cornelio Velasquez aboard.