01/21/2003 12:00AM

Mullins two carryover players


ARCADIA, Calif. - The first month of the Santa Anita meeting has been trainer Jeff Mullins's most successful since moving here from Arizona in 2001.

Through Monday, Mullins's 30-horse barn had produced seven winners, good enough for a tie for second place with Bobby Frankel in the trainer standings, a win behind the leader, Bob Baffert.

Mullins has three starters on Thursday, including two in the pick six races, which have a carryover from Monday of $149,416.

In the second race, before the start of the pick six, Mullins starts Tahitian Rain in a seven-furlong race for 4-year-old claiming fillies. In the fourth race, he runs Tasty Chardoneigh in a $20,000 claimer at a mile for 4-year-olds. In the seventh, he starts the Florida-invader King Robyn in a $52,000 optional claimer over 6 1/2 furlongs.

Mullins will be disappointed if he does not have a winner. Tahitian Rain may be his best chance, which is no help to pick six bettors. Tahitian Rain won a $20,000 claimer on Jan. 3 and returns at the $40,000 level.

The pick six is on races three through eight.

The third race is a wide-open maiden claimer at 1 1/16 miles. Shezsospiritual and Web Caster lead a field of fillies that has shown little.

In the fourth, Tasty Chardoneigh will try to improve on a runner-up finish in a sprint on Jan. 5 for Mullins. He will be ridden by Wade Rini, who was aboard for the colt's last start, in which he finished closer to the outside rail than the inside rail. "He wants to run in the middle of the racetrack," Mullins said. "That was kind of the instructions."

The fifth race is an optional claimer at 1 1/4 miles on turf. Requete, a promising French invader trained by Frankel, and Theater Script, who was placed in a group stakes in 2001, lead a large field.

The sixth and eighth races are sprints for maiden claimers, with nine and 10 entrants, respectively.

In the seventh, Martinblestme will try to improve on a second in the California Breeders' Champion Stakes here on Dec. 26.

Mullins is guarded about King Robyn's California debut. At Calder last year, the colt won three races but was no factor in three stakes. King Robyn is entered for an $80,000 claiming price.

"I was trying to enter for $62,500 but the races didn't go," Mullins said. "This is not an ideal spot, but I want to start the horse."