07/04/2007 12:00AM

Six-buck bet wins over $1 million


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Someone is walking around Southern California with two winning pick six tickets that cost a combined $6 and are worth a pre-tax bonanza of $1,154,368.

The tickets were purchased at Los Alamitos and were two of the 13 winning tickets from Monday's pick six at Hollywood Park that were worth $576,064 each. The Los Alamitos tickets were purchased for $2 and $4 within 17 seconds of each other, according to a Los Alamitos official. In addition to the grand prize, one of the tickets was worth an additional $2,240, one of 807 consolation tickets that had five of the six winners.

Several betting records fell on Monday on a card with a record four-day carryover of $3,274,505 in the pick six pool. Bettors added a record $7,596,347 to the pool on Monday, creating an overall pool of $10,870,852, a North American record.

The 13 winning tickets were purchased for amounts ranging from $2 to $14,400, and eight of the winning tickets were purchased in California, according to a statement released by Hollywood Park.

The Los Alamitos bettor placed the wagers with a teller three hours before the pick six started and bought three $2 tickets and one $4 ticket, a Los Alamitos official said.

As of Wednesday morning, the two Los Alamitos tickets had not been cashed.

Of the other six tickets purchased in California, two were bought at Hollywood Park for $960 and $768 and one was purchased at Golden Gate Fields ($14,400), Cal-Expo in Sacramento ($1,920), Santa Anita Park ($432), and the simulcast venue in Victorville ($24).

The Hollywood Park tickets were purchased by the same person, according to track officials.

Five of the tickets were purchased at locations outside of California - two through separate Oregon betting hubs and one each at Calder, a New York state offtrack betting site, and a Maryland betting hub. The cost of those winning tickets was not available.

Ashley's Kitty to try turf again

When Ashley's Kitty won the Grade 3 Railbird Stakes on the main track at Hollywood Park in May, trainer Ted H. West said she would stay on that surface in the foreseeable future. Nearly two months later, West has had a change of heart.

He wants to give Ashley's Kitty another shot on turf in Friday's $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes at a mile for 3-year-old fillies. Ashley's Kitty's past form on turf is poor, a ninth-place finish in the Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita in April, but West is looking past that.

"We have a few questions about her getting the mile and the turf," West said. "It's kind of an experiment. I think she deserves another chance."

West said the Southern California racing calendar has forced him to try Ashley's Kitty on turf. "With Del Mar coming up, there are no sprints for 3-year-old fillies," he said.

Owned by Oak West Farm, Ashley's Kitty is coming off a troubled last-place finish in the Grade 2 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on the main track on June 10. She was forced to steady early in that race and was out of contention in early stretch. She has won 3 of 5 starts and $122,528.

Ashley's Kitty has five rivals in the Flawlessly, but is the only 2007 graded-stakes winner in the field. The lone turf-stakes winner in the field is Passified, who won the China Doll Stakes at Santa Anita in March.

Trained by Jim Cassidy, Passified has lost her last three starts, finishing second in the Providencia, third in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes in May, and fourth in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap here on June 9.

Passified lost the Providencia to Super Freaky and her last two starts to Valbenny, the top contender in Saturday's $750,000 American Oaks.

Passified has led in many of her races, but Cassidy has worked her behind horses in case Diva's Seastar and Spenditallbaby set a quick pace in the Flawlessly. Passified will be ridden by Mike Smith, who was aboard for a recent workout.

"Mike said she seemed to rate behind horses," Cassidy said. "He was happy with her. She doesn't have a big kick. She's kind of a steady-going filly."

Cassidy also starts Allison's Art, who beat maidens at 1 1/8 miles on turf here May 25 in her second U.S. start.

"I think she's an up-and-coming filly," Cassidy said. "She wants to go farther."

Nine enter American Oaks

Valbenny is the only locally trained filly to enter Saturday's Grade 1 American Oaks, which is run at 1 1/4 miles on turf. The race drew a field of nine, including four fillies from other countries - Anamato, Just Little, Robe Decollete, and Supposition - and four fillies from other American circuits - Audacious Chloe, Baroness Thatcher, Communique, and Panty Raid.

Valbenny will go favored, but must beat Panty Raid, the winner of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico in May; Robe Decollete, the winner of the Japanese Oaks in May; and Anamato, the winner of the Australasian Oaks in Australia in April.

The field will not include Mystic Soul, who was third behind Valbenny in the Honeymoon. She was withdrawn from consideration earlier this week.

Trainer Jeff Mullins said Mystic Soul will be pointed for Del Mar.

"We've run her a lot and I didn't feel like running her," he said. "She's didn't bounce back out of her last race. She was showing signs of fatigue."

Laddies Poker targets Oceanside

Laddies Poker, who topped the Barretts summer sale on June 26, selling for $525,000 to Paul Reddam, is on course for the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar on July 18, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

Wednesday at Hollywood Park, Laddies Poker had an official workout of six furlongs in 1:15.80. O'Neill said that Laddies Poker actually worked five furlongs in 1:02.60.

Laddies Poker has not started since winning a maiden race at Santa Anita in April. He was entered in the Will Rogers Stakes here in May, but was scratched because of illness, according to Vladimir Cerin, who trained Laddies Poker at the time.

Laddies Poker was part of a dispersal of Meadow Creek Farm at the Barretts sale. He was purchased by Doug O'Neill's brother Dennis, acting on behalf of Reddam.