06/15/2008 11:00PM

Three solid singles in pick-six sequence


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The pick six Wednesday at Hollywood Park is tailor-made for small bankrolls. A carryover of $158,089 is at stake, and the bet looks relatively easy.

The sequence includes three potential singles, starting with second-start 2-year-old Golden Rocketship in race 3; wide-trip playback Mama Luc in race 5; and reliable turf sprinter No Ka Oi in race 7.

Golden Rocketship finished fifth in her debut 13 days ago. Not bad.

"I don't push my horses first time," trainer Gary Sherlock said. "They usually run better second time, and it doesn't look like there are any monsters in there."

The only knock is value. Sherlock killed the price on Golden Rocketship by switching to leading rider Rafael Bejarano. Golden Rocketship drops from California-bred special-weight to $40,000 maiden-claiming, and should be long gone.

Race 4 is an $8,000 claimer around two turns, and pick-six bettors may need to include the four logical contenders - Trust Nobody, El Falcon, Norway House, and River Rebel.

Mama Luc was pounded to 6-5 last time in her first try around two turns, and lost because of her trip. She broke from post 8, was stuck three- and four-wide throughout, and finished third by five lengths. It was a good effort by the fastest horse in Wednesday's race. Mama Luc drew a better post, and switches to Bejarano.

Race 6 is a competitive sprint for older maidens, and Marty Jones-trained second-timer National Holiday is one of many contenders. He worked well into his debut, but had bad luck and ran eighth.

"He didn't break well, and lost position; I think he'll improve," Jones said.

He will have to improve to win the most difficult race on the card. More Humor gets off the rail; comebacker Kearns Prints is quick; Honouramongfriends showed ability last summer; Red Commander is a half to a stakes-winning sprinter; second-timer Malibu Canyon can improve; and career maidens Evaluate and Fiery Trippi have the top figures.

Race 7 is another logical single. After winning three straight, No Ka Oi returned in nine days and ran third last time as the favorite. She was re-claimed for $50,000 by Julio Canani.

Race 8 is a $62,500 maiden-claimer in which El Supremo and Premium Punch are top choices.

And there you have it. A pick-six ticket including every horse mentioned here would cost $128.