07/24/2011 6:58PM

Del Mar: Norvsky comes from far back to take California Dreamin

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Benoit & Associates
Norvsky rallies strongly under Rafael Bejarano to take the California Dreamin Handicap.

DEL MAR, Calif. -- One day after winning the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes with Acclamation, owner Bud Johnston and trainer Don Warren picked up some spare change when favored Norvsky ($5.40) rallied powerfully to take the $100,000 California Dreamin Handicap for older California-bred turf horses on Sunday at Del Mar.

Norvsky had just one horse beat with three furlongs to go in the 1 1/16-mile grass race, but he closed sharply to beat Tamarack Smarty by 1 1/4 lengths. Lucky Primo, the early pacesetter, was another neck back in third.

Norvsky, 5, a gelding by the Danzig stallion Vronsky, was timed in 1:40.96 while earning his fourth win in 13 starts. Rafael Bejarano was aboard.

Johnston bred Norvsky at his Old English Rancho.

Sunday pick six attracts ton of money

Del Mar this season is seeding Sunday pick six pools with $50,000 when there is no carryover from Saturday, and that fan-friendly gesture paid dividends on Sunday, the first day of the new policy, when $354,709 in fresh money, a giant amount for a day without a carryover, was bet into the pool.

That figure does not include the seed money, so there was actually more than $400,000 in the pick six pool on Sunday.

The seeded money is to be divided among winners of the pick six. So, if there were five winning tickets in the pick six on Sunday, those tickets would each receive a $10,000 bonus on top of the payout produced from the parimutuels.

If no one hits the pick six on Sunday, the $50,000 seed money will be incorporated into the carryover pool into Wednesday's card.