12/13/2004 12:00AM

Sadler looks key for pick six players


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A large pick six carryover, plus two days off to get to the cash machine, makes Wednesday's Hollywood Park card far more attractive than the usual midweek offering.

No one hit the pick six on Sunday, so there is a carryover of $137,599 going into Wednesday's races. With no racing on Monday or Tuesday, and moderate-sized fields making up the bulk of the pick six races, horseplayers should be eager to take their best shot and try to make their holidays just a little brighter.

There are no turf races scheduled for Wednesday, so that will eliminate any chance of the debacle from Saturday, when two grass races were moved to the main track after the first pick six race had been run. And with good weather forecast for early this week, the conditions should be ideal for a fast, fair racetrack.

Trainer John Sadler will be a pivotal player for many bettors. Sadler has two runners in both the seventh and eighth races, the final two legs of the pick six, and all four look as though they have good chances.

Foremost among them is Etch, who should rule a slight favorite in the day's featured seventh race, a first-level allowance for California-bred fillies and mares going six furlongs. Etch was second and third in similar races during Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting, losing by less than one length each time.

ran twice in 20 days at the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita, and Sadler believes the filly was not quite at her best the second time.

"I might have run her back too close to her previous race," Sadler said. "She runs hard when she runs, and in the race before, she went head and head through fast fractions, and the horse she ran with finished last."

, Sadler's other entrant in the seventh race, will be making her first start since June 2003, when she beat maidens in her debut. She was trained then by Jenine Sahadi. Sadler said Bronze Route has been away because of two separate setbacks. First, she hurt a tendon, then she injured a splint once she returned to training.

"We had to fire the splint and turn her out," Sadler said. "She's a big, beautiful filly."

, who nosed out Etch to finish second in an Oct. 28 allowance race, appears the main rival to Sadler's runners.

In the eighth race, Sadler sends out first-time starter Viento Fuerte, who has posted best-of-the-day works twice in her last four drills, and Lady's Memo, who exits a swift maiden-claiming race in which she finished third in her debut.