08/13/2011 7:00PM

Del Mar: A hard winner to find


Spartan Jet, unraced since January 2010, gave trainer Joe Herrick his first winner of 2011 with an upset victory in a $14,000 claimer for non-winners of two in Saturday's sixth race.

Spartan Jet ($61.60) led throughout and pulled clear to win by 2 3-4 lengths over Me Salty. Fortunate Appeal, the 6-5 favorite, finished third in a field of 10, a nose behind Me Salty.

Spartan Jet, the seventh choice in a field of nine, ran 5 1-2 furlongs in 1:03.17. Saturday's race was Spartan Jet's 10th career start.

The victory by Spartan Jet increases the possibility of a pick six carryover for Sunday. The $2 double linking the first two winners of Saturday's pick six paid $718.40, with Aqua Fever ($16.20) winning the first leg.

Fortunate Appeal was claimed in a three-way shake for $14,000 by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer