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PURIM’S DANCER TAKES $58,000 ST. JOSEPH RIVER PURSE, GOMEZ CUTS CORNER, WINS HILLSIDE TURF ALLOWANCE
PICK SIX CARRYOVER CREATES HUGE TOTAL POOL OF $482,285; 41 WINNING TICKETS PAY $6,949 EACH, SEVEN HIT ON-TRACK, 20 PERCENT ON-TRACK PICK SIX BONUS IN EFFECT FOR SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2013)—Under an aggressive ride from Garrett Gomez, 3-2 favorite Purim’s Dancer hugged the temporary rail turning for home and won Friday’s $58,000 St. Joseph River Purse going away by 2 ¼ lengths, getting 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.61.
“I was in a good spot when we hit the dirt (crossing) and I shoved her into drive,” said Gomez. “We had a little trouble catching Joe (Talamo, aboard runner-up Hidinginplainsight) but when she settled into stride, she did what she was supposed to.”
Idle since running third in a similar first-condition allowance going six furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 1, Purim’s Dancer is now a perfect two for two down Santa Anita’s unique hillside layout, as she took a starter allowance down the hill on Oct. 26.
Trained by Tom Proctor, Purim’s Dancer paid $5.00, $3.00 and $2.40. Owned by Donnelly, Johnson, Kohn and McLean, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Purim improved her record to 5-3-0-1, and with the winner’s share of $34,800, roughly doubled her bankroll to $69,660.
Hidinginplainsight was sent by Talamo from the gate and carved out splits of 21.36, 43.14 and 1:05.61. She finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of 14-1 shot Noise of the Crowd and Aaron Gryder. Hidinginplainsight returned $3.40 and $3.00.
Noise of the Crowd was attentive to the early pace and finished a nose in front of Cayanna and Mario Gutierrez.
Noise of the Crowd paid $5.40 to show.
With a Pick Six carryover of $59,161 serving as a catalyst, punters ran the total Pick Six pool on Friday to $482,285. There were 41 winning tickets, seven of them purchased on-track, which each paid $6,949.
Santa Anita’s 20 percent on-track Pick Six bonus will be in effect on Saturday, as any winning ticket purchased at Santa Anita will be worth 20 percent more than the pari-mutel payoff. Fans are required to join the Thoroughbreds Club and to scan their membership cards prior to making Pick Six wagers, in order to be eligible.
Santa Anita will offer a nine-race card on Saturday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m.