07/21/2003 11:00PM

Six Pack Sally has found her metier

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OCEANPORT, N.J. - Prior turf success could be the key to handicapping Monmouth Park's Thursday feature, a $39,000 allowance race for fillies and mares going five furlongs on the grass.

Of the 10 fillies entered, only three have won on the turf. One of the trio, Six Pack Sally, is an alternate who draws into the field only in the event of a scratch from the main body of nine.

Six Pack Sally looks very tough in this spot, if she gets to run.

Six Pack Sally, a 3-year-old Tale of the Cat filly, is unbeaten in two turf races, both at Monmouth. She has shown great versatility, winning on the grass at five furlongs and at 1 1/16 miles.

Six Pack Sally started her career on the dirt and performed fairly well. She had two thirds and a fourth in three starts when she hit the track in May.

But the filly found her calling on the grass in her last two efforts. Six Pack Sally hails from the Linda Rice barn, which continues to shine here. Rice's Monmouth division has compiled an enviable record of 13-4-4 from only 38 starters.

Jose C. Ferrer has two calls to ride in the race but listed Six Pack Sally as first preference over Madame Glamour.

Desirable Moment and Sam Eye Am are the only other runners in the field with turf victories, and both have won twice on the grass.

Desirable Moment won her maiden race going long on The Meadowlands course last fall and captured a turf sprint at Atlantic City Race Course in the spring. Trainer Tim Hills will give Jesus Bracho the leg up on the mare.

Sam Eye Am won on the Saratoga turf last summer in a claiming race and most recently won a Monmouth turf sprint for trainer Keith Sirota. Carlos Cruz will be aboard.

Celebrating 'Seabiscuit'

Monmouth and the Daily Racing Form will team up to celebrate the release of "Seabiscuit" in movie theaters this weekend.

Fans at Monmouth on Sunday can purchase a special edition of the Daily Racing Form for $1 that includes a Seabiscuit poster by artist Pierre Bellocq, aka Peb.

Dawn Patrol

Fans who want an insight into life on the backstretch can sign up for Monmouth's Dawn Patrol, a behind-the-scenes tour.

The tours start every Friday at 7 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. A tram picks up visitors at the clubhouse entrance for the trip, which includes interviews with trainers, jockeys, and owners.

The free two-hour tour includes stops at the starting gate and the jockeys' room. Fans will meet former racehorse Colonel Bart and learn about ReRun, the program for retired runners.

Reservations are required and can be made at (732) 571-5542.