01/28/2008 1:00AM

Top barns key to pick six race


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Gary Contessa, Anthony Dutrow, and David Jacobson have made it into the top five of Aqueduct's trainer standings by obviously placing their horses in the right spots.

The varied conditions of Wednesday's featured starter allowance brings together horses from all three barns in an interesting affair, made more intriguing by the presence of a $47,383 pick-six carryover. By simply using all three horsemen, pick-six players would have 4 of the 7 runners in the field, but may still not be guaranteed the winner.

Contessa, this meet's leading trainer, has the entry of Golden Tablet and Civil Suit, both of whom have won their last two dirt races and have speed. Contessa claimed Golden Tablet, a son of Harlan's Holiday, for $25,000 and proceeded to win a $16,000 maiden claimer and an open $25,000 claimer with him.

Civil Suit has been racing in south Florida and will make his first start for Contessa. He worked a bullet four furlongs in 48.20 seconds last Wednesday, and two starts back overcame trouble to win from off the pace. Ramon Dominguez, the leading jock at the meet, has the call.

Jacobson, whose 14 wins rank him fifth in the standings, is sending out Judiths Garden off a maiden $40,000 victory. Jacobson claimed him two starts back for $60,000 from a mile and 70-yard race in which Judiths Garden was beaten almost 24 lengths. His speed shortening up to six furlongs helped him get the job done last time.

"Anybody with speed on the inner track, it's easier to get lucky," Jacobson said.

With 17 wins from 81 starters, Dutrow is third in the trainer standings. Dutrow has an exceptional record with horses making their first start for him, something Fast Million will be doing in this spot. Fast Million went 1 for 2 at Woodbine for trainer Scott Fairlie.

He is coming off the Polytrack to conventional dirt, and his off-the-pace running style may serve him well in this speed-laden field.

Ease My Mind finished third in a spot similar to this on Jan. 9, his first start off the claim by Tim Hills. Monster Boots won a $40,000 maiden claimer at Philadelphia Park wearing blinkers for the first time. Terminal Frost looks like a longshot.

Jacobson looks live in two other races in the pick-six sequence. In the sixth, he has Final Story and Ricardo A, though only one may run. In the seventh, he sends out In for a Dime, who was beaten three lengths in a similar spot last month.