10/01/2001 12:00AM

Pick six shuns the obvious


ARCADIA, Calif. - There is a clear reason why Wednesday's second race at Santa Anita is not part of a pick six that features a carryover of $140,724.

Brisquette and Smart Start will be a heavily favored entry in the second, run over 6 1/2 furlongs for fillies and mares. The race does not offer as much of a handicapping challenge as the pick six races, which covers the third through eighth.

The pick six starts with a one-mile race for $35,000 to $40,000 claimers that drew seven entrants. The other pick six races have nine or more entrants.

The fourth race is over a mile on turf for 2-year-olds maidens. It is followed by a one-mile race for $10,500 to $12,500 claimers; a six-furlong race for $45,000 to $50,000 claimers; an allowance race for California-breds over 6 1/2 furlongs, and a maiden claimer over six furlongs for fillies and mares.

The feature race is the second. Of the favored entry, the fillies come from separate stables: Julio Canani trains Smart Start, while Richard Mandella trains Brisquette. Both are owned by Marty and Pam Wygod, who share ownership in Brisquette with Herman Sarkowsky.

Brisquette is more accomplished with 2 wins in 6 starts and a second in the Manhattan Beach Stakes on turf at Hollywood Park in June. She subsequently finished fifth in a one-mile allowance race on turf before winning by three lengths at Del Mar on Aug. 18.

"I tried her long and she didn't want to do that," Mandella said. "She's like a little Quarter Horse."

Smart Start has never been worse than third in five starts, and thrived at Del Mar, winning twice.

Brisquette should be close to probable pacesetter Bafferta, the most experienced member of the field. Bafferta has won 5 of 18 starts, but is winless in her last two starts.

Storm Kisu was third in the Pio Pico Stakes for California-breds on Sept. 14, and is winless in her last seven starts. She will need a fast pace to help her late rally.

More than likely, she will be trying to catch Brisquette in a race Mandella hopes will lead to a stakes start for his filly.

"We're hoping she good enough for that," Mandella said. "She's training great and should be tough."