10/10/2006 11:00PM

Pick six carryover at $16K


A $16,392 pick six carryover adds a little spice to Golden Gate Fields's Friday afternoon card, which begins the final weekend of the meet.

While not big enough to attract national attention, the carryover provides local players with an incentive. The races are deep and competitive and should provide quite a handicapping challenge. There is a likelihood for a carryover to Saturday's card.

Thoughtuknew, who earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure in his third start off a layoff last out, is a threat to go wire to wire from the rail in the first leg of the pick six, a $16,000 claimer at six furlongs. Coming off his best Beyer and with a pair of maintenance works, Thoughtuknew drops Friday, which may lead suspicious handicappers to look at other runners.

Signvelvet showed vast improvement in his second start and could be the key play in the second leg, a $12,500 maiden claimer.

Recent maiden winner Ceiling Zero bids for his second straight win when he runs in a $6,250 claimer at one mile, the third leg of the pick six. The race is for nonwinners of two.

Steady Demand, a strong second in his debut, comes right back for a $20,000 tag in a 2-year-old maiden race at six furlongs in the fourth leg.

A wide-open $25,000 claimer at one mile on the turf is the day's co-feature. Five of the eight runners can make strong cases to win.

Cherokee Charlie steps up off a wire-to-wire victory in his first start for trainer Steve Specht. The turf course has been favoring speed, which works to his advantage.

Urban King, a stalker, drops a notch after losing a photo finish.

Rhythm King, Right Proof, and Hatif ran close together in their last start, with Rhythm King finishing ahead of the other two.

A straight maiden race for fillies and mares at six furlongs is the final race of the pick six.

Time Tosay Goodbye comes north to make her debut. She has put in a series of good works for a barn that doesn't win often with first-timers but does show a flat-bet profit with them. The race, though, is filled with interesting first-timers and runners that have shown some ability in the afternoon.

* A hearing before the California Horse Racing Board is scheduled Nov. 2 at Bay Meadows for trainer Daniel Franko, whose Abuse of Power tested positive for clenbuterol following a fifth-place finish in the second race April 19 at Golden Gate Fields.