03/03/2003 12:00AM

Slim fields on carryover card


ARCADIA, Calif. - Pick six bettors chasing a carryover of $191,060 at Santa Anita on Wednesday will not have many horses to sort through.

The eight-race program has only 58 entrants, including 45 in the pick six races, the third through eighth.

The eighth race, a sprint for maiden claimers, drew nine runners, the day's largest field. The smallest fields are in the first and seventh races, which have six starters each. There is no turf racing on a program that features all sprints, at six and 6 1/2 furlongs.

The feature race is the seventh race, a $52,000 allowance race for 3-year-old California-breds over six furlongs.

Mccann's Mojave, a two-length winner of a six-furlong race for California-bred maidens, is slated to make his first start against winners.

But Mccann's Mojave is not a definite starter. His trainer, Leonard Dorfman, is worried that wet weather could interfere with his plans.

"I might be in trouble on Wednesday if it rains," Dorfman said Sunday. "He's a big colt. He's 16 hands. I think running on an off track would be foolish."

Mccann's Mojave would be well backed in a six-horse field that includes the speedy Slew's Prince, who finished second in an optional claimer for statebreds on Feb. 7.

Slew's Prince will attempt to lead throughout, but he could face early pressure from Ghost Memo, who was second in a $50,000 claimer in the mud on Feb. 14.

The field also includes Star of Grace, who will be making his first start in Southern California after winning a maiden claimer and a starter allowance at Golden Gate Fields this winter, as well as the veterans Charmer Baron and Onebigbag.

Charmer Baron has won two of his 14 starts, including a starter allowance over six furlongs on Feb. 8. Onebigbag beat maidens in his ninth start on Jan. 20, but was only fourth in an optional claimer for statebreds on Feb. 7.

Mccann's Mojave may have the ideal style for Wednesday's race. In his debut, the colt stalked the pace for the first quarter-mile, challenged for the lead in early stretch, and drew off in deep stretch. Onebigbag was second in that race.

Co-owned by horse racing television commentator Mike Willman, Mccann's Mojave worked five furlongs in 59 seconds last Saturday, the fastest of 80 works at the distance.

"He worked a little fast on Saturday, but I don't think that will hurt him," said Dorfman, 80. "Naturally, I can think up excuses. But he acts like a nice colt."

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