03/18/2002 12:00AM

Pick six pool could hit $1 million


ARCADIA, Calif. - The pick six pool on Wednesday at Santa Anita is expected to climb past the $1 million mark after bettors failed to hit the bet on Sunday, leaving a carryover of $193,207.

Five of the six races in the pick six Wednesday are sprints, at between 5 1/2 and seven furlongs. There is one race over a mile; all six are on dirt.

In the third race, first race of the pick six, Dreamin n Schemin and Sentimental Secret are the standouts in a $10,000 sprint for fillies and mares over 5 1/2 furlongs. Dreamin n Schemin drew the rail and may need a quick break to maintain her position in a large field.

Sentimental Secret may have an edge and is the likely favorite. Trained by Paul Aguirre, she starts from post 8 and can stalk the front-runners. She won at this level on Jan. 31 and has won 3 of her last 5.

The fourth race, run over a mile for $10,500 to $12,500 claimers, is a more open race. Yankee Pirate, a winner of a similar race on March 3, is a deserving favorite against Cat Blade, who is a front-runner; Big Bad Juan, who takes a drop in class; and In Season, who beat California-bred claimers on March 8.

Perfect Woman, a winner of two races for claimers in the Bay Area last year, makes her debut for trainer Clifford Sise in the fifth race. She has been off since late December. She may have enough speed to win the fifth, a $40,000 claimer for 3-year-old fillies over six furlongs. Miss Guts, who won a maiden claimer in her 10th start on March 6, will also contend for the lead.

The sixth race is the first of two maiden claimers in the pick six and may require bettors to use several selections. The field is a collective 0 for 59. Call Me Again has been second or third in his last three starts, but is winless in 16 races. Of the more lightly raced contestants, Morning Wine was fourth for Aguirre in her debut.

A possible single is Painted Avenue in the seventh race. Trained by Rafael Becerra, whose barn has come alive at this meeting, Painted Avenue is a standout in a seven-furlong allowance race for California-breds. He was second in two races at this level in February.

In the finale, trainer Ian Jory, who won stakes at Santa Anita and Fair Grounds over the weekend, starts Battante, who was third in a maiden claimer on Feb. 22.

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