02/24/2003 12:00AM

Pick six carryover perks up card


ARCADIA, Calif. - A pick six carryover of $153,455 is the highlight of Wednesday's eight-race program at Santa Anita.

For bettors to conquer the tricky bet, they must pick the winners of five sprints and a first-condition allowance race over a mile.

The weather could affect the card. Rain was possible Monday and Tuesday, which could lead to an off track and force the seventh race from turf to dirt.

The seventh race is the day's feature, a one-mile allowance for fillies and mares on turf. A field of 11 was entered, but only 10 will start. The top candidates are Alozaina, the third-place finisher in the 2002 Del Mar Oaks; Meguial, who was second in the Argentine 1000 Guineas last September; and Janeian, who was fourth in the Brown Bess Handicap at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 1.

All three have excellent form on turf, and Meguial has also run well on dirt. A 4-year-old, Meguial will be making her first start for David Lanzman and trainer Doug O'Neill. Unraced since October, Meguial has one victory in five starts and placed in three stakes in Argentina. The Argentine 1000 Guineas was on dirt, but Meguial won her maiden over 7 1/2 furlongs on turf last April.

"The most important thing is to have a safe track," O'Neill said. "I think she's ready. I'm hoping that it stays on grass."

Three of the five sprints are for maiden claimers, including the first leg, the third race. Run over 5 1/2 furlongs, the third race, for 3-year-olds, has nine runners, including an entry owned by Golden Eagle Farm of Cornicopia and Heroic Firefighter.

The fourth race is run at six furlongs for fillies and mares entered for claiming prices ranging from $22,500 to $25,000. Of the seven entrants, Prime Step is a logical favorite. She has won 4 of 12 starts in the last 12 months and has been claimed seven times in that span.

The cheapest horses on the grounds - California-bred $10,000 claimers - compete at six furlongs in the fifth race. There are 10 entrants, including Ruff N Restless and Retsina Year, who have won at this level at this meeting; and Ron Cherry, who was second in a $10,000 claimer against open company last Saturday.

Maiden claimers start in the sixth and eighth races, run over six furlongs for 3-year-old fillies entered for prices ranging from $28,000 to $32,000. Miss Corrine, a troubled sixth on Feb. 9, will be well-backed in the eighth race.

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