07/01/2001 11:00PM

This pick six guaranteed to be a puzzler


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Bettors failed to solve the pick six at Hollywood Park on Sunday, leaving a record one-day carryover of $691,095 for a tricky program on Wednesday.

Because of the Fourth of July holiday and a two-day buildup, the track expects bettors to bet as much as $3 million into Wednesday's pick six.

On Sunday, a day that featured a $1 million guaranteed pick six pool, the final pool reached $1,236,882. Only two favorites won during Sunday's pick six: Werblin ($5.40) in the sixth race and Innit ($7.80) in the ninth. The other winners were King Clef ($10.60) in the seventh, Way to the Top ($11.60) in the eighth, Ceeband ($91.80) in the 10th and Checkpoint Charlie ($13) in the last race.

It will not be easy to solve Wednesday's pick six. Five of the six races have 10 entrants or more, with several capable of winning.

The bet begins with the fifth race, run over 1 1/16 miles for $10,500 to $12,500 claimers. Estrella Prisa, who won for $10,000 on June 15, and Prospectheus, a winner at Turf Paradise on May 8, will be well backed.

In the sixth race, a starter allowance over six furlongs, the maiden winner Hot Kitty may be favored. Others to consider are the maiden winner Romantic Won and Casino Star, who was second at this level on June 13.

The turf maidens in the seventh race are a puzzle. Darling Lover, Dynamistic, and Dolce Thundera have run well in the past, but are inconsistent. Mountain Style improved on turf and deserves a long look in her second start of 2001. Trainer Simon Bray, who is having a quiet meeting, has the first-time starters Gone to the Beach and Miss Madeleine.

The eighth race may be the most difficult in the sequence, with several capable of winning. A case can be made for all 11.

If there is a key in the pick six, it may be Touch of the Blues in the ninth. He was second in the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile on May 28, losing by a neck to Irish Prize.

In the finale, if anyone is still alive, maiden claimers will provide the key to riches. Magritte, beaten a nose on June 13, can give the Kintai Yuelapwan stable its first winner of the year. The first-time starter Bob's Bundle, trained by John Sadler, will attract support.

General Challenge ailing

General Challenge, one of the top older horses of 2000, will not start in Saturday's $100,000 Bel Air Handicap at Hollywood Park and faces an uncertain future with an undisclosed leg injury.

Trainer Bob Baffert on Sunday said that General Challenge has been shipped from his base at Santa Anita to San Luis Rey Downs. The 5-year-old General Challenge will undergo tests later this week. Baffert declined to state the details of the leg injury.

"He'll miss Del Mar," Baffert said of the upcoming summer meeting.

General Challenge has not started since finishing fourth in the Pacific Classic last August. Last year, he won the Santa Anita Handicap and ran second in the Hollywood Gold Cup.

The Bel Air is run over 1 1/16 miles and is the final major stakes for older horses on dirt of the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting.

The race will not include Big Ten, the winner of the 2000 Californian, who has suffered a bruised foot, according to trainer Richard Mandella. Mandella will start Out of Mind, who has been out for a year after suffering a bowed tendon when he finished fourth in the 2000 Hollywood Gold Cup. On Sunday, he worked six furlongs under Eddie Delahoussaye in 1:11 at Hollywood Park.

The Bel Air, one of three stakes on Saturday, is not likely to have a large field. Freedom Crest, the winner of the San Pasqual Handicap at Santa Anita, is a probable to make his first start since finishing eighth in the San Antonio Handicap in February. Smile Again, trained by Ron McAnally, is also probable.

Saturday's $100,000 Landaluce Stakes for 2-year-old fillies is led by Georgia's Storm, the winner of the Cinderella Stakes on June 9. She will be opposed by Ile de France and Siphina. The $100,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares over a mile on turf is also on the program.

Now it's Bing Crosby for Caller One

Caller One, scratched as the 7-5 morning-line favorite in Sunday's Triple Bend Handicap, will be pointed for the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap at Del Mar, trainer James Chapman said.

Chapman changed his mind in the days leading up to the race. He said last week he would start Caller One, but scratched on Sunday morning. Chapman considered the Wednesday's Tom Fool Stakes at Belmont Park, but did not enter.

The Bing Crosby will not be an easy spot for Caller One. The six-furlong dash is firmly on the schedule of Kona Gold, the 2000 champion sprinter, and Swept Overboard, the winner of the Robert Kerlan Handicap on June 23.

Cigar connections

The legacy of Cigar, the two-time Horse of the Year, lives on in Checkpoint Charlie, his half-brother who won his maiden race in Sunday's 11th race.

Trained by Laura de Seroux for Madeleine Paulson and the Allen Paulson Living Trust, Checkpoint Charlie won by 2 1/2 lengths under Brice Blanc, running 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:35.23.

"He's shown me talent from day one," de Seroux said.

Aside from the Paulson family, which owned Cigar, there are other connections. De Seroux's assistant trainer, Alex Hassinger, Jr., trained Cigar earlier in his career, and de Seroux and her husband, Emmanual, were part of the Paulson's entourage, the trainer said.

Sunday's race was Checkpoint Charlie's second start. On May 28, he blew the first turn and finished ninth of 12. De Seroux had different instructions for Blanc, telling him to go to the lead on Sunday.

"He was over ready for today," she said. "My instructions were to free-wheel. This is kind of sweet for Alex."

Bienamado back to work

Bienamado, who is being pointed for the Arlington Million on Aug. 18, worked five furlongs on turf in 1:04.60 under Chris McCarron on Sunday, but the slow time did not concern trainer Paco Gonzalez.

Bienamado was back on turf for the first time since he won the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap on June 10.

"I told Chris to go easy because it's his first work back," Gonzalez said.

"We gave him a couple of weeks off."