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PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $102,704 INTO SATURDAY, SANTA ANITA POOL COULD REACH $1 MILLION
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2009)—Despite the fact the first two races on Friday produced short-priced winners, the Pick Six went the way of the longshots, resulting in a carryover of $102,704 into Saturday at Santa Anita, the 18th such occurrence from 42 days of racing. There were no tickets with five winners, 52 tickets with four, returning $853.20.
Friday’s first race went to 2-1 favorite Belongs to Gotham with Garrett Gomez aboard, and returned $4.40 to win. The second race was taken by Santa Anita Handicap hopeful Rail Trip and Jose Valdivia Jr., paying $2.20 to win.
The Pick Six began with race three, which went to the Mike Puype-conditioned Remus, who paid $27.40 to win. David Flores rode the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Empire Maker for owner Lynda G. Lail.
The fourth race went to My Friend Luis with Jesus Rios aboard for trainer Jorge Periban. The 6-year-old Washington-bred gelding took a desperate photo from Make Mine Vodka and Agapito Delgadillo, and paid $29.80 to win. He’s owned by Rick Jackson.
Race five went to Motu Nui, who paid $15.40 to win. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Tejano Run is trained by Mike Mitchell and is owned by Priamos Yennaris.
Longshot Mi Forest Amor, with Clinton Potts up, took the sixth and paid $22.00. The 3-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Forestry is owned by Paula Capestro and R Man Racing Stables and is trained by Paula Capestro.
Pacesetter Its in God’s Hands, with Mike Smith aboard, just managed to hold off 3-5 favorite Devoted Magic and Joel Rosario in race seven, returning $9.40 to win. The winner is owned by Barber, Barber and Team Valor International. Its in God’s Hands is a 4-year-old California-bred gelding by In Excess.
The Pick Six concluded on an ironic note, as Elusive Chief, the only post time favorite in the popular wager, took race eight. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the 4-year-old Virginia-bred gelding by Elusive Quality paid $7.00 to win. He’s trained by Bob Hess Jr. and is owned by Michael and Jeanne Burns.
Santa Anita will offer a 10-race card on Saturday, with the Gr. II, $150,000 San Carlos Handicap poised to highlight the afternoon.
First post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m.