07/04/2005 12:00AM

Pick seven has carryover of $52,000


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A pick seven carryover of $52,437 heading into Wednesday's Woodbine program should entice many bettors who are shooting for a big score. The pick seven comprises all seven races, including two divisions of a seven-furlong entry-level allowance on the grass.

Excellent Cut will likely be favored in the second division, the fourth race. A son of leading European sire Sadler's Wells, Excellent Cut is a full brother to Grade 1 winner Perfect Soul, Canada's champion grass horse in 2003.

Excellent Cut, however, has been an underachiever. It took him 10 tries to win his maiden, which he did at Calder in December. He has come lose to winning at this condition on several occasions, including at Keeneland in his next-to-last start.

Most recently on June 11 here, in his first start as a gelding, Excellent Cut lacked room at a critical point in the stretch, and his late surge came up three-quarters of a length shy of victorious Crackenthorpe. He has since worked a bullet five-eighths twice over the turf training course, and he looks to be poised for another peak performance.

Gerry Olguin has the call on Excellent Cut for trainer Roger Attfield, who captured last Saturday's Ohio Derby with Palladio.

Other contenders in the fourth race include Fastlight and Rudnick Bear.

Fastlight has been a fast-closing second, beaten a neck, in both of his outings at this stand. He is cutting back from a mile on Wednesday, and may find seven furlongs a tad short for him. Emile Ramsammy inherits the mount from Olguin on Fastlight, who is owned and trained by Nick Nosowenko.

Rudnick Bear rallied strongly down the center of the course to finish third in his season opener, in a tough $50,000 claimer won by Size Matters.

El Habanero deserves top billing in the first division of the feature. He ran just five times in 2004, and capped his campaign with a victory in a one-mile turf allowance for Ontario-sired runners.

In his season opener, which followed a 10-month layoff, El Habanero made a wide bid for the lead before flattening out in the final furlong and finishing three-quarters of a length back of Excellent Cut in fourth. El Habanero blew out three furlongs in 34.80 seconds over the turf training course on Sunday. Apprentice Corey Fraser rides for trainer Mac Benson, who has been winning at a 20 percent clip at the meeting.

Arteur, who wasn't far behind Excellent Cut and El Habanero in fifth on June 11, could be the main threat.