Here’s the press release distributed by the track:
TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $353,752 INTO FRIDAY
SANTA ANITA POOL COULD EXCEED $2 MILLION
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2009)–For the second consecutive day, no one selected six winners in Santa Anita’s Pick Six, resulting in a two-day carryover of $353,752 into Friday. This marks the 16th Pick Six carryover through 36 days of racing and it’s expected the total Pick Six pool on Friday could exceed $2 million.
Thursday’s Pick Six got off to a rocky start in race three as the 1-2 favorite, Solo Piano, finished second to 11-1 shot Unusual Strike, who was handled by Gerry Olguin. The 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat paid $25.40 to win. Owned by Johnson, Nakkashian, Roberts and partners, she’s trained by Barry Abrams.
Saugatuck River prevailed in a stretch-long duel with runner-up Snooty Gal to take race four under Iggy Puglisi. Conditioned by David Hofmans, Saugatuck River survived a steward’s inquiry into the stretch run and paid $19.80 to win. The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Cat Thief is owned by Betz and Needham.
The parade of upsets continued in race five, as General Consensus, with Alex Solis up, paid $16.00 to win. Trained by Paddy Gallagher, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Giant’s Causeway is owned by Edmond A. and Sharon Hudon.
Race six went to Hammurabi with Joel Rosario aboard. Conditioned by Jack Carava and owned by La Canada Stables, the 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Horse Chestnut returned $9.40 to win.
Thursday’s seventh event went to Maui Mark under Victor Espinoza. Trained by Howard Zucker, the 4-year-old California-bred gelding by Unusual Heat paid $12.40 to win. He is owned in-part by JoAnne Buss, wife of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, along with Cantor, Finn and partners.
The eighth and final went to No Cream or Sugar, providing trainer Jack Carava and the La Canada Stables with their second win of the day. The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Exploit paid $8.60 to win.
Santa Anita will offer an eight-race program Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m.