07/28/2011 4:01PM

Del Mar pick six hit for $1.1 milllion


The $2 pick six was hit for $1,109,920 at Del Mar on Wednesday, the fourth-highest payout in track history.

Horse owner Scott McKeever told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he purchased the winning ticket. Track officials said the ticket cost $3,094, was bought ontrack, and had 20 of the 85 winning consolation combinations, each worth $4,386.

There was one winning favorite in Wednesday’s pick six, third race winner Three Cuties ($7.40). She was followed by Hameildaeme ($14.80), Te Rapa ($8.40) and Pedaltothemedal ($6.80). Te Rapa and Pedaltothemedal were the second betting choices in their races.

The pick six became more difficult to win after upsets by Calimonco ($43.40) in the Wickerr Stakes and January Miss ($49.40) in the final race, a sprint over 5 1/2 furlongs for 2-year-old maiden claimers. January Miss is trained by Paul Aguirre, who has horses for McKeever.

After the deduction for IRS taxes, McKeever, of Huntington Beach, Calif., received slightly more than $900,000.

The record for a pick six payoff at Del Mar is $2,100,017 to one ticketholder in 2004.

Wednesday’s pick six pool began with a carryover of $239,490 from Sunday. Bettors added $1,629,364 on Wednesday. The carryover included $50,000 that Del Mar is adding to the pool on Sundays to drive interest in the bet. The $50,000 supplement will be offered in the pick six on all Sundays during the meeting that do not begin with a carryover.