06/10/2008 12:00AM

Pick six jackpot more than $1M at Belmont

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ELMONT, N.Y. - "There's always fresh," begins the late Bill Murray's book "The Wrong Horse." A pile of fresh money has been sitting on ice since Da' Tara upset the Belmont Stakes and created a massive pick six carryover of $1,186,625, the largest ever in New York.

Horseplayers have had three dark days to handicap Wednesday's sequence, which begins with race 4 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Some relief from the season's first heat wave is expected, with a forecast for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-80s. Four of the races (5-6-7-8) are scheduled for turf and drew full fields.

* Race 4: Draw a line through Reyana's Jet, who won his second-level New York-bred condition as entries were taken last Friday.

My Dinah and Love Co come out of turf stakes, and off their best dirt races seem a cut above the others. My Dinah pressed the pace and paved the way for late-running entrymate (and half-sister) Them There Eyes in the Mount Vernon; her two previous wins have come in turf-to-dirt situations. Love Co faded last out after forcing the pace in the Gaviola; that was her first start in more than 10 weeks since a fourth in the Busher, a tough midwinter stakes that produced Ashland winner Little Belle and Black-Eyed Susan winner Sweet Vendetta.

* Race 5: Hot Table was victimized by a lack of pace when second last out, and faces a similar predicament in another restricted turf claimer that lacks a clear early leader. He may be a lukewarm favorite again anyway, unless the unreliable Flash of Victory (1-3-8 from 16 starts) can draw in from the also-eligible list.

Kick Up Your Heels, who put up several competitive figures in 2007, makes his third start back from a layoff and could wake up at a price.

* Race 6: Starter allowance on the Widener turf drew 12, half of whom come off victories. Four of those - Baystreet Bully, Dancing Tin Man, Footloose Man, and Sumphin - scored on this course, but among them Dancing Tin Man ran in the toughest spot, earned the best Beyer, and recorded the fastest final fraction.

Also worth considering are the two freshened Florida shippers: Personal Good, who put up the field's top turf Beyer last out; and Stormy Mirage, whose maiden win came at the expense of Find the Wire, a maiden special weight winner here last Thursday.

* Race 7: As so many Linda Rice-trained horses do, Myakka ran huge in her first turf sprint when she set a sharp pace from the rail and held on to be a clear second ahead of 10 rivals. However, Myakka drew outside several other speeds. The beneficiary of a potential pace meltdown would be Justinline, a stalking-trip maiden winner sprinting on the inner turf 16 days ago.

Zayat Stable named Kent Desormeaux on La Ransom (Tony Dutrow), who drew the rail, as well as Mine or Who's (Bill Mott), so one must scratch; the pace scenario is more favorable for Mine or Who's, the lone also-eligible for grass.

* Race 8: Possibilities abound in a seven-furlong sprint on the Widener course, where five of 10 try turf for the first time, including four with 300+ Tomlinson ratings; among those is Unbridled Refrain, a half-brother to graded turf stakes winner Fortitude.

Pennington has been vastly improved in two starts on grass for Rick Violette Jr., and tackles open company after beating statebreds from an outside post on soft ground.

Betelo, Raynicks Fan, and Cloud Nine have also Beyered in the 80s on turf recently.

* Race 9: The cash-out leg is a minefield of restricted claiming sprinters where the one to catch and beat might - might - be Ten Forty, based on a fast-paced maiden win at Aqueduct first time out in nearly 15 months.

Any among these could prove key: Golden Amulet (class drop, excuses in last); E Z Dollar (bullet work, exits key races); Newmont (blinkers on, good-figure maiden win at Oaklawn Park); or Stand Pat (has won fresh, idle since Grade 2 Futurity).