01/31/2005 1:00AM

Pick six has carryover of over $140K


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Owners of Florida-breds and California-breds got to compete for big money last Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the Sunshine Millions. On Wednesday, it's the horseplayers' turn.

A meet-high pick-six carryover of $140,247 awaits bettors at Gulfstream Park, which has been chock-a-block with longshot winners throughout the meet. Wednesday's card has 10 races, so the pick six will begin with the fifth.

First post time is 12:45 p.m. Eastern, with the fifth scheduled to go at 3 p.m.

The smallest field in the pick-six sequence is the featured ninth race, in which Blazing Purrsuit will try to rebound from a brutal trip the first week of the meet. He should be a strong favorite against seven other horses in a first-level allowance race going 6 1/2 furlongs for a $33,000 purse.

is a half-brother to Saranac Stakes winner Blazing Fury, so trainer Jimmy Toner was understandably eager to get him on the grass. But his first grass start, here Jan. 6, did not go smoothly. Blazing Purrsuit broke from the outside post in a field of 12, with a short run to the first turn going 1 1/16 miles, then was caught wide the whole way. Despite all that, he managed to finish fifth, beaten by less than four lengths.

"We kept thinking, wait until he gets on the grass," Toner said at his Palm Meadows barn Monday morning. "But he drew the 12-hole and was wide the whole way. He had no luck at all."

Blazing Purrsuit had made his first three starts in dirt sprints, and Toner decided to return to those conditions Wednesday rather than await another first-level allowance grass race.

"I'd have probably had to wait two months to run him again on grass. I didn't want to wait that long," Toner said. "I didn't think a race like that would come back in a reasonable amount of time. At least we know he can run on the dirt."

Blazing Purrsuit also will be reunited with jockey John Velazquez, who rode him to a debut victory July 14 at Belmont Park.

might be Blazing Purrsuit's strongest challenger. He returned from an eight-month layoff on Dec. 8 with a powerful victory against maidens at Calder in his first start after moving to the barn of trainer Steve Standridge.

broke poorly in his comeback race at Aqueduct on Dec. 5. His form before going to the sidelines was strong enough to make him a factor in this spot.

tired on a sloppy track here Jan. 15. His sharp early speed could make him the one to catch.