04/23/2003 11:00PM

Tough puzzle for pick six players to solve


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Bettors seeking to conquer Saturday's $1 million guaranteed pick six at Hollywood Park will have to get through three sprints for maiden or allowance horses, each with at least 12 entrants.

Aside from the six lucrative stakes that make up the bulk of the California Gold Rush program for statebreds, there are four sprints Saturday that are stakes in name only. Two are for maidens and two are for first-condition allowance horses.

Three of those races appear in the pick six, which covers the fifth through 10th races.

The first leg of the pick six, the fifth race, is the $60,000 Magali Farms Stakes for maiden fillies and mares over 6 1/2 furlongs. The field of 12 has six first-time starters, including Dream Copy, a Souvenir Copy filly trained by Brian Lynch, and two fillies by Bertrando - Miss Thirtyfour D and Prismatic.

Of the those who have started, Tucked Away and Score Six, second and third in their last start, will receive support.

There are 12 fillies and mares in the seventh race, the $70,000 Lakeview Thoroughbred Farms Stakes over seven furlongs. A first-condition allowance, the race marks the 3-year-old debut of Spirit Run, who won her maiden over this track last May but was unplaced in two stakes in July, the Grade 3 Landaluce Stakes and California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes at Del Mar. Trained by Paul Aguirre, Spirit Run has worked well at Hollywood Park in recent weeks.

Four entrants won their last races - Bertrando's Model, Dutchess Eben, Forthelifeofme, and Watermelon Wine.

The final leg of the pick six is the $60,000 Pepper Oaks Farms Stakes for maiden colts and geldings over 6 1/2 furlongs. The race drew 13 entrants.

Le Mans, a full brother to the multiple stakes winner La Feminn, makes his first start since last July. Trained by Richard Mandella, Le Mans was second at Del Mar last July against statebreds. He drew the rail, which will force jockey David Flores to try and keep Le Mans near the front to avoid being shuffled through the field.

Le Mans is one of four starters by Memo in the 10th race. The others are: Zoolu Nights, who was ninth in his debut; Shadow Raider, who has placed in two of three starts; and Memo to Russ, a first-time starter.

The two outside horses are worth a look. Exceeding is a first-time starter trained by Bob Baffert, and Raging Riley, a close third to Purple Cop on April 5, is trained by Paco Gonzalez. Both are by top sire In Excess.

The second race on the card, which is not part of the pick six, is the $70,000 Rancho San Miguel Stakes, a first-condition allowance race for 3-year-olds and up over seven furlongs. The race drew 12 runners.

Summer Service will be a strong favorite. Trained by Jeff Mullins, he was being considered for the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes on Gold Rush Day over 1 1/8 miles.

"He's never routed and I didn't want to send him 1 1/8 miles on this track," said Mullins, who thought the Hollywood Park main track was not favorable to front-runners on Wednesday's opening day.

Summer Service has won his last two starts, the most recent of which was an eight-length win in a starter allowance race at Santa Anita on April 4. That race did not count against his allowance conditions.

Purple Cop, a maiden winner for trainer Bob Baffert on April 5, will also be well-supported.