10/24/2005 11:00PM

Send one winner - and pick 6

Jim Lisa
Bettarun Fast, winning at Calder last month, will try the Moccasin next.

ARCADIA, Calif. - It takes a little bit of luck to hit the pick six. Just ask trainer Gary Stute, whose $96 pick-six play produced the only winning ticket Sunday at Santa Anita - worth $124,881.20.

It was a bet Stute almost did not make. As the field loaded for race 4 - the first leg of the pick six - Stute faced a dilemma. His modest-sized $144 ticket, singling Da Svedonya, his starter in race 7, was exactly $44 more than Stute had on his betting voucher.

The field continued to load. Stute either had to trim a horse from his ticket or not make the play. At the very last second, Stute threw out Mr. Tibbils, the heavy favorite in the last race. It cut the size of the ticket to $96, and Stute punched the button.

"I got it in right before the gates opened," he said.

The ticket (2 x 2 x 2 x 1 x 3 x 2) included both favorites in race 4. They ran one-two, with True Xena ($4.60) winning. In race 5, the ticket had wire-to-wire winner Out of Coal ($10.20) and runner-up Gold Bankers Gold. In race 6, Stute ran one-two again, with Planning Surprises ($5.20) re-rallying inside to beat program favorite Valley Storm.

Stute was halfway home, but so was everyone else. Race 7 was the first "separator." Stute trains the $12,500 claiming filly Da Svedonya, who is owned by Stute's main clients Don Beardsworth, Dennis Decauwer, and HRTV broadcaster Peter Lurie. "I thought the race was going to set up for her," Stute said, and he was right. Da Svedonya ($14.40) rallied from next-to-last under Felipe Martinez and won going away. Four down, two to go.

In race 8, the Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, Stute used Private World, Babe Hall, and Naughtylittle-hottie. Private World ($15.20) got headed by favorite Bettarun Fast in midstretch, but fought back inside and won by three-quarters of a length. Five down, one race to go.

Going into the last race, Stute knew he was in trouble. He had two horses, but not Mr. Tibbils, the odds-on favorite. Stute took out a form of racetrack "insurance." He found an acquaintance whose recent luck has been dreadful. Stute made a $40 win bet on Mr. Tibbils, and gave the ticket as a "gift" to the unlucky and unsuspecting associate.

The gates opened, and Mr. Tibbils got slammed hard from the outside and lost his rider. It was a horse on Stute's ticket, Kristina's B D Boy, that caused the interference. The other horse that Stute had was front-running winner Proud Louie Too ($10.60).

Including consolations, Stute's pretax pick-six haul was $133,331.60.

Beyond handicapping prowess, Stute, 48, also has been on a training roll. He has won four races from eight starters at the meet, and entered Time to Honor in race 7 on Thursday. Any tips?

"I think he'll run really well," Stute said.

Bettarun Fast will get a rematch

Bettarun Fast will be favored to turn the tables on Private World when the 2-year-old fillies meet for the second time Nov. 20 in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park. Although Private World defeated 2-1 favorite Bettarun Fast by three-quarters of a length in the $82,125 Anoakia Stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita, Bettarun Fast's trainer, Vladimir Cerin, expects a different story when they meet next month.

"She had two easy half-mile breezes in five weeks, and it just wasn't enough," Cerin said.

Three for three in Florida, Bettarun Fast got sick and missed some training after arriving from Calder, then had a key work postponed because of a wet track. Cerin, who starts Super Frolic in the Breeders' Cup Classic, is 1-for-22 at Oak Tree, with 10 seconds.

"They're running well," he said.

The Thought Occurs is euthanized

The Thought Occurs, a stakes-winning 2-year-old, was euthanized after fracturing both sesamoids in his left front ankle galloping out Saturday in the $81,000 Sunny Slope Stakes.

"He changed leads perfect but took a bad step pulling up," said Dennis O'Neill, assistant to trainer Doug O'Neill.

The Thought Occurs won the $58,000 Beau Brummel Stakes at Fairplex Park. He was owned by J. Paul Reddam.

Say Tomorrow to be gelded

The stakes-placed 2-year-old Say Tomorrow was scheduled to be gelded on Tuesday, said Mel Stute, who trains Say Tomorrow for his wife, Annabelle.

"It will help him a lot; he's very ornery and he runs in spots," Stute said. "If it can improve him two or three lengths, I can make a lot of money with him."

Say Tomorrow has won one race and $47,921 from seven starts, and finished second in the Gateway to Glory Stakes and third on Saturday in the Sunny Slope.

Candy Factory puts in sharp work

Candy Factory is a go for the $100,000 California Cup Distance Handicap after a sharp five-furlong workout Sunday under Victor Espinoza. After winning four straight turf races, including the $125,000 Solana Beach Handicap, Candy Factory finished last in the $74,000 Swingtime Stakes on Oct. 7. The filly was fighting a virus in that race, then bounced back, and her 59-second work was the fastest of 39 at the distance.

"She worked real good, knock on wood - everything's great," said Candy Factory's trainer, Mike Machowksy.