11/08/2011 1:39PM

Golden Gate: Pick six carryover gives card jolt


There are 106,725 reasons to be at Golden Gate Fields when racing resumes Thursday, and by the time the pick six starts in the third race there may be twice as many reasons.

Although three favorites won Sunday, fans missed hitting the pick six for the sixth consecutive day, leaving an enticing $106,725 carryover to Thursday. Thirty-six tickets with five winners Sunday paid $579.

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Atta Boy Pete ($6 in the sixth race), English Royal ($6 in the eighth) and La Colina ($4.80 in the ninth) were the winning favorites.

Famous Boots’s $30.40 upset in the fourth race to kick off the sequence probably was the biggest eliminator. El Fabio won the fifth at $8.40, with Rathsallagh Bride paying $14.20 in the seventh. It shows that there doesn’t have to be a number of longshots to provoke a carryover.

Thursday’s pick six offers good field size, with the seven-horse field in the third race the smallest. There are four races with nine entrants and one with 10.

The opening leg, the third race, has seven bottom-level fillies and mares going 5 1/2 furlongs. Holy Mama, who drew the rail, will try to outduel Miss Triple Play. Competition in the lane will come from Cashmere Mist, who lost a photo against similar while beating Holy Mama last time, and Mistisized, who got a confidence-building win against easier at Fresno. The field also includes Truffle N Paradise, who also beat easier at Fresno in her last start.

Bottom-level ($20,000) maidens go 1 1/16 miles on the turf course in the fourth race. Races such as this are traditionally open affairs. Curly Boy has the best turf form, but Stevie’s Storm, making both his route and turf debuts, could offer value and be a separator.

Just Tappin It, with Hall of Fame human connections of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Russell Baze, could be a single for many in the fifth race, a $4,000 claimer for fillies and mares at six furlongs. The comebacker Storm Magic could provide value and, like Stevie’s Storm in the previous race, could help supporters pull away from other bettors.

A dropping Alice’s Rahy, who has been favored in all four career starts, could be a single in the sixth, a $6,250 nonwinners-of-two for 3-year-olds. He he cuts his claiming price in half. Summer Arrow, who lost a photo after setting the pace, and Kofinho have been running consistently of late, albeit against cheaper.

In the seventh race, past-classers Powers Lil Six and Lit de Bet will both run at the bottom $4,000 level for the first time in their careers in a 5 1/2-furlong race.

The final race, the eighth, is a $4,000 claimer at one mile. There are a number of runners – such as Harmonic Motion, Alashir’s Storm, and Gambling Man – who have run well here in the past and like the distance.