08/12/2010 12:35AM

Del Mar pick six not so tough



With all that money pouring into the Del Mar pick six Wednesday (more than $1.2 million in "new" money), a fellow just had to take a shot.

The carryover from Sunday was $178,834, enough to whet the appetite of pick-six bettors. The sequence was not that tough.

Bettors might have singled the first leg, race 3, and caught $11.80 winner Stroppy. True, she was second-best. Her jockey Martin Pedroza cut the corner, while Rafael Bejarano was caught four-wide on Squeeze Me Tight. The margin was a half-length.

Race 4, for California-bred juvenile maidens, included a favorite that wasted a perfect trip two weeks earlier. It was a brutal trip Wednesday for He Be Fire N Ice. Favored at 1.30-1, he bobbled at the break, was unable to establish position, and finished off the board.

The winner was the Marty and Pam Wygod-owned and bred entry of Contemplated and Liberal Arts ($8.80). Contemplated won, but Liberal Arts had tons of traffic trouble and was miles best. No matter. Liberal Arts can win next time.

(Speaking of Wygod, it was amusing theater Saturday before the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes when a Del Mar security guard refused Wygod entry into the paddock to see Zenyatta. Wygod, who is a director of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, apparently did not possess a “paddock pass.” A racing official intervened, and rescued Wygod. Funny stuff.)

Race 5 was the “knockout,” with resurgent Pat Valenzuela putting up a trouble-free ride on Mind the Minister to win clear at $10.60.

In that race, apprentice Alex Gonzalez went down in a spill caused by jockey Jose Verenzuela, who allowed tiring pacesetter Super Harmony to drift out and impede several horses. The next time Verenzuela is on a fading front-runner, let’s hope he keeps his mount in a straight line.

Race 6 was the most wide-open on the card, and wouldn’t you know it? Favorites ran 1-2-3. The winner was Sky Chant at $8.

Four races down, two to go. Goggles McCoy in race 7 was everyone’s “free spot.” He wired the Real Good Deal Stakes at $2.80.

Everyone is still alive, right? In race 8, the last leg, favorite Wild and True broke through the gate before the start, then bobbled at the break. He somehow managed to finish a miraculous sixth, and was claimed by John Sadler. Next time.

The race-8 winner was dropper Mr. Gennaro at $10.60.

Despite every winner less than 5-1, including an odds-on standout, the pick six returned $16,839 to 52 tickets.

Did you have it? Me, neither.

Guess we’ll just have to try again.