04/21/2004 11:00PM

In pick six, bettors must solve maiden and allowance puzzles


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The four allowance and maiden races on Saturday's California Gold Rush program at Hollywood Park feature the day's largest fields, and are key components for bettors chasing the guaranteed pick-six pool of $1 million.

Two $60,000 maiden races will be run at 6 1/2 furlongs - the Magali Farms Stakes for fillies and mares, which drew nine entrants, and the Pepper Oaks Farm Stakes for colts and geldings, which has an oversubscribed field of 16. Only 14 will start.

In the last half of the program, two $70,000 allowance races will be run over seven furlongs - the Golden Eagle Farm Stakes, which drew a full field, and the Warren's Thoroughbreds Stakes for fillies and mares, with 13 entrants. Both are one-other-than allowance races.

Even though the races had subscription and starting fees, they do not carry official stakes designations because they are restricted to maidens and allowance horses.

The Magali Farms is the only race among the four that is not in the pick six. Run as the second race, its field is led by Alphabet Kisses and Gallery Place, both of whom finished second in maiden races at Santa Anita in March.

Alphabet Kisses was beaten eight lengths in her career debut by Buffy My Love on March 28. Gallery Place, trained by Ron McAnally, finished second to Western Hemisphere in a seven-furlong maiden race on March 13.

"She really wants to run a mile," McAnally said. "But it's a California-bred race, maidens, and I think she's the horse to beat."

The colts and geldings in the Pepper Oaks Farm include two intriguing first-time starters - Bertrando's Return and Brand Name.

Bertrando's Return was purchased for $95,000 at the 2002 Del Mar yearling sale. The colt is trained by Clifford Sise and boasts fast recent works at Santa Anita.

Brand Name was purchased for $100,000 at the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale. Trained by Bob Baffert, Brand Name had the fastest half-mile workout at Santa Anita on Tuesday when he went in 47 seconds, breezing.

The two races for winners represent the third leg and final leg of the pick six.

Bilo, the winner of a fast maiden race for statebreds at Santa Anita on April 1, will be favored in the Golden Eagle Farm Stakes, but will face a stern challenge from Reckless Hero.

Trained by Gary Mandella, Reckless Hero won a statebred race for maidens by five lengths in his fourth career start at Santa Anita on March 20. Mandella said Reckless Hero could use this race as a prep for a two-turn race.

Buffy My Love makes her first start against winners in the Warren's Thoroughbreds Stakes, the 10th race. Trained by Laura de Seroux for Clark and Janine Hansen, Buffy My Love was making her third start when she beat Alphabet Kisses on March 28.

Buffy My Love drew the rail on Saturday and will need to use her speed to gain position on the backstretch.

Precious Bag should show speed. Trained by Sandy Shulman, Precious Bag beat statebred maidens by 3 1/4 lengths on Feb. 28, with Buffy My Love third.