11/04/2008 12:00AM

Turf stakes too deep to single


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Handicappers chasing Wednesday's $47,821 pick-six carryover at Aqueduct should be prepared to use several horses in the $65,000 Rare Blend, an overnight stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf that is the fourth leg of the sequence.

Six of the 12 fillies and mares entered finished first in their last start, though Lookalike was disqualified for interference in a second-level allowance race at the Meadowlands.

Remarkable Remy, Senior Rita Lady, and Blitzen Too - the first-, second-, and fourth-place finishers from the $121,000 Pebbles Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 13 - head the field, but are all draw on the outside.

Perhaps Sea Chanter, coming off a solid third-level allowance win at Belmont on Oct. 10, rates a slight edge breaking from post 4. Sea Chanter, who won the Grade 3 Miesque last November, was rank in her first two starts this year, finishing sixth and fourth in overnight stakes at Saratoga. At Belmont, Eibar Coa was able to get her behind horses, and though she was caught behind a slow pace, Sea Chanter unleashed a strong closing kick to run down the loose-on-the-lead Polar Circle.

"That was key, dropping in and getting covered up," said Jonathan Thomas, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.

John Kimmel would like to see Javier Castellano get Remarkable Remy covered up from post 12. Remarkable Remy had a wide trip but was well-held by Ramon Dominguez before making a strong late run to win the Pebbles. With Dominguez serving a suspension, Kimmel has tabbed Castellano to ride.

"She's a filly who does have tactical speed, but she's better when covered up, and when you put her in the clear she's going to give you a good kick," Kimmel said. "She doesn't have a three-eighths of a mile kick, but she's got a nice three-sixteenths kick. Hopefully, he can get her tucked in, save some ground, and have some horse left."

Remarkable Remy is coupled in the wagering with Virginia Oaks runner-up Namaste's Wish, as both are owned by Live Oak Plantation.

Senior Rita Lady had to go wider than Remarkable Remy when she rallied for second in the Pebbles. For the second straight race, Senior Rita Lady is stuck in post 11.

Blitzen Too was boxed in between horses but beaten only 1 1/2 lengths in the Pebbles. She won a maiden race over this course in her turf debut last November.