12/22/2006 12:00AM

Time to play Santa's little helper


This is the time of year - while waiting for the opening of Santa Anita - that people reflect on what has happened over the past year and what hopefully will happen next year. Here is a list of what some Las Vegans may be asking for in 2007.

Steve Wynn (owner, Wynn Las Vegas) - Not to be so successful anymore. The new Wynn Las Vegas is such a hot spot for upscale visitors that his dealers make more money than their bosses. So, the magic man mandated that those who shuffle the cards shuffle some cash to their superiors, making for some holiday non-cheer this year.

Sheldon Adelson (owner, Las Vegas Sands) - To make his newest award of a gaming license, in Pennsylvania, as profitable as his Macau casino. Same for his proposed Hengqin Island resort in southern China and his rising Palazzo next to his Venetian in Las Vegas.

Terry Lanni (CEO, MGM Mirage) - Asking that his next Kentucky Derby hopeful doesn't "freak" in the Blue Grass Stakes instead of the Derby itself, which is what happened last year to Sinister Minister. For those who don't remember, Sinister Minister won the Blue Grass by 12o3/4 lengths and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 116, then finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby at 9-1.

Bernie Schiappa (owner, Fletcher Jones Mercedes) - See Terry Lanni's wish. Schiappa, who is a partner in racehorses with Lanni, can always reflect on their 1999 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Silic and their success with Ladies Din.

John Avello (race and sports book director, Wynn Las Vegas) - No freaks from the Lanni camp that would put his Kentucky Derby futures at risk. Also, asking for 16-week supply of Mylanta for next year's NFL regular season, and an unlisted cell phone number.

Dave Tuley (columnist, Daily Racing Form) - A little extra gasoline money for all the double-parked, running-motor stops at race and sports books in town, which seem to get farther and farther apart while the traffic keeps getting heavier. Also, Mylanta (see Avello).

Michael Gaughan (owner, South Point) - A little help with building that new exit from highway I-15 to his new Strip casino. And, in a hurry, please. Also, a National Finals Rodeo that lasts 12 months.

Bill Boyd (owner, Boyd Gaming) - Another locale like the one on which the Barbary Coast sits. Boyd sold that little ditty on the corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevard to Harrah's Entertainment for the highest per-acre price in the history of the Strip. Also, another Harrah's Entertainment to buy it!

Station Casinos - A slowdown in the growth of the sprawling city's suburbs - and the corresponding expansion of the company's casinos - long enough to take the company private again. The local footprint for neighborhood expansion is houses, shopping, 7-11, and a Station Casino. And, not necessarily in that order.

Harrah's Entertainment - This company has already gotten its wish: An agreement to sell the company for $17.1 billion to the private equity group Apollo Management and Texas Pacific Group.

Ralph Siraco is turf editor for the Las Vegas Sun and host of the Race Day Las Vegas radio show.