SMILING TIGER FROWNS AT ODDS OF 2-5 IN PALOS VERDES, LONGSHOTS PROVIDE $104,449 PICK SIX CARRYOVER, TOTAL POOL ON SUNDAY EXPECTED TO EXCEED $600,000

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2011)—Longshots were the order of the day Saturday, and with Smiling Tiger failing in a high profile way at odds of 2-5 in the featured Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes, it came as no surprise that no one hit the Pick Six, resulting in a carryover into Sunday of $104,449. It’s expected that Sunday’s total pool could well exceed $600,000.

The Saturday Pick Six got underway in race four, and the Barry Abrams-conditioned Le’ Heat, with Brice Blanc aboard, keynoted an unlikely sequence, returning $24.20 to win.

Race five produced the lone winning favorite in the Pick Six, as Victor Espinoza guided Royal Import to victory for trainer Bob Hess Jr., returning $7.80 to win.

Saturday’s sixth went to the Leonard Powell-trained Saanneen, who paid $9.20 to win with Corey Nakatani up.

The Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Stakes went as race seven, and it was won by longshot Euroears, under Mike Smith. Trained by Bob Baffert, the 7-year-old horse by Langfuhr was gunned to the lead out of the gate and that proved to be a winning strategy, resulting in a win mutuel of $20.00.

Saturday’s supporting feature, the $75,000 added Sweet Life Stakes, went as race eight and longshot Bloemer Girl survived a rough start to prevail under Victor Espinoza and paid $29.00 to win. Trained by Jedd Josephson, the winner was bred in California by veterinarian Dr. Rick Arthur, and is owned by his daughter, Christa, and son, Andrew.

Saturday’s ninth went to the John Sadler-conditioned Hout Bay, who paid $9.60, and was ridden by Joel Rosario.

First post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m. The Pick Six will cover races four through nine.

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