01/23/2006 12:00AM

Not many toss-outs in Impressive Luck


ARCADIA, Calif. - There are eight stakes winners among the 14 runners entered for Wednesday's $75,000 Impressive Luck II Handicap at Santa Anita. Twelve will run.

That's about as easy as it will get for bettors, who will be challenged to find the winner in the Impressive Luck, run at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course. Six of those eight stakes winners have won stakes on turf, including Santa Anita turf stakes winners Siren Lure and Shadow of Illinois. Other top contenders are Mighty Beau, who was fifth, but beaten only a length, in the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap here in October, and Running Free, who was third in the California Cup Mile here in November two starts after winning the Brubaker Handicap at Del Mar.

is likely to be favored. Trained by Art Sherman, Siren Lure has won five of his last six turf sprints, including the Kerlan Handicap at Hollywood Park last July and the Blue Jay Way Stakes here in October. Unraced since the Blue Jay Way, Siren Lure has worked quickly in recent weeks.

Promising European import Alderney Race and the ex-Australian stakes runner Modern Era on the also-eligible list.

The Impressive Luck was originally scheduled for Jan. 14, but was postponed to Wednesday because of a wet forecast.

is another import, but has a spot in the field. Trained by Mike Machowsky, Ticafic was a stakes winner in France last May, shortly before being sent to the United States. He was an intended runner at Del Mar last summer, but was sidelined until the Sir Beaufort Stakes here Dec. 26.

In the second division of the one-mile Sir Beaufort, Ticafic finished a troubled eighth, never reaching contention.

Machowsky said Ticafic's workout before the Sir Beaufort Stakes took too much out of him coming off a long layoff, adding that, in hindsight, he regrets the way he handled Ticafic's December campaign.

"You'll see a different Ticafic," Machowsky said. "He ran like a flat horse. I screwed up. It was total trainer error."

Whether Ticafic can revive his French form and beat a top group of turf sprinters is the main question surrounding his chances. Machowsky said he feels the race condition will suit Ticafic.

"Running down the hill should suit him," Machowsky said. "There should be a lot of speed."