10/08/2013 5:48PM

How to bet Santa Anita's pick six for Thursday, Oct. 10


Build it (the pick-six pool) and they will come. And certainly Thursday’s Santa Anita card, with a $575,000 carryover, gives players some options on where to spread and where to make a stand.

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Race 3

DANDEREK comes here with sharp current form and he showed in 2012 he handles this course just fine. A nice win for $32,000 at Del Mar Aug. 10 and sharp 2nd (to HUSBAND’S FOLLY) there Aug. 31 at this level prove him a good fit. HUSBAND’S FOLLY may be peaking as after some decent outings this spring/summer he jumped up and won at this level at Del Mar Aug. 31 (beating DANDEREK, who was 2nd). Those two figure as your ‘A’ selex.MR. CANDY BAR finished strongly after a lousy start at this level on Del Mar’s main track on Aug. 11 to be 4th, and he is likely better on this footing (all 3 wins have come on turf). He’s a solid ‘B’.


Race 4

As with most maiden races it’s tough to take too firm a stand anywhere. After all, just by the very nature of the class level no one has shown they can win. Still, GOODHUMORGIRL just missed in a super try when 2nd vs. straight maidens on dirt at Barretts last month. That shows she handles this footing and today’s drop doesn’t hurt, either. She looks like a solid ‘A’
LADY OF THE NILE debuts off some nice works for Bob Baffert, who of course is superb first out (23%). She’s by young sire, Grade 1 winner Pioneerof the Nile who’s off to a dynamite start at stud. GRACIE RAGAZZA ran on nicely to be a strong 2nd for $62,500 at DMR Aug. 30 with blinkers added. She drops another notch and Rafael Bejarano stays with her. Those two fit your ‘B’ profile whereas FOR EMMA debuts with some solid works for a trainer (Peter Miller) who fires first out (22%) and can be used as a ‘C’.


Race 5

LILLY’S PERFECT looks like a solid ‘A’. She comes here sharp as a tack, having won for $25K on the BHP sod June 14 and then for $12,500 on Del Mar’s main track on Aug. 30. Kristin Mulhall not only saw fit to claim her off that Aug. 30 win but more than doubles her in value and returns her to turf, and Bejarano keeps the call. MISS WELL MOLDED looks like a good back-up ‘B’. She found $50K foes too tough to handle at Del Mar Aug. 23 but she wasn’t disgraced, has been freshened since and returns here with a significant class drop.


Race 6

Another maiden race where spreading seem prudent. CAT BURGLAR blew the start in his debut at Del Mar Aug. 24 as the 8-5 favorite but kept to his task decently to pass a few rivals and finish 5th. The $410K son of Unbridled’s Song has been freshened and worked well since for Baffert. SCARLY CHARLY was a superb 2nd missing by just a nose here this past winter. He was then gone 7 months, came back to be a so-so 4th at Del Mar Aug. 24, has been freshened again since and returns to dirt, all of which may get him back on track. They look like legitimate ‘A’ selex.

SECRETSATMIDNIGHT was away slowly in his Jan. 5 debut here but kept to his task well, running on for 4th. He’s worked sharply for this for Baffert who’s superb off a long layoff like this. CRUCERO has been knocking on the door and looms a good fit here. He’s shown he can route and a sharp 1:12.20 work here Sept. 29 says he’s feeling spry. Those two merit ‘B’ status.


Race 7

SHADOW RUNNER is a tough pro who’s sitting on a win. He was 4 for 8 last year and while he’s 0 for 8 this year it’s not as if he’s run poorly. He comes off a nice dirt stakes try at Barretts and the drop and surface switch may be just what the Dr. ordered.

LUMBERYARD JACK finished just behind ‘RUNNER going 11fs at Del Mar Sept. 1 and the return to this course (2 of his 3 turf wins have come here) may be the great equalizer. At least he comes here on the upswing after some so-so spring form. Those two look to be legitimate ‘A’ runners.

HOLLADAY ROAD (B) has a touch of class and the drop off the freshening may be the ticket. VIBRATO JAZZ (C) was a game ‘winner’ at Del Mar Aug. 15 (was DQ’d to 2nd). He’s been freshened by John Sadler and has shown before he fits well with the top two here.


Race 8

More questions than answers attached to these maiden fillies, though that being said MAKE MORE MONEY is no doubt the one to beat. After showing good form at Turf Paradise and Arapahoe in the spring she came here and in a race like this was a sharp 2nd, proving she belonged. She was further validated as the gal she chased home (J K’s Mischief) came right back to beat winners. She looks like a solid ‘A’. TRULY BEAUTIFUL was not disgraced when facing much more expensive last November and along with the class drop she’s worked steadily for a trainer (Marty Jones) who’s strong off the bench. HARLAN’S TRICK flashed talent at Hollywood Park in the spring/summer. She’s been freshened since a dull Del Mar run but that big :35.80 bullet work here Sept. 26 says she’s doing well. Both rate as ‘B’ runners.

FULL OF SPICE perked up nicely to be third at Barretts Sept. 14 (DQ’d to 5th), hinting she may be ready to turn the corner. She worked well since here and fits as a ‘C’ on your ticket.



Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
well at least they had the sense not restrict this to the paying public we would not want them to be the only ones witnessing this blow up miserably...how much would these tickets cost anyway with ticket maker...because with out it 3x4x2x4x4x4 would be pretty expensive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
7/ 1-3/4-6-8/2-9/2-4-6/3-4-8 $216 ticket enjoy the payout ,dont forget to send me my cut
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
the winning $2 ticket R3 7 4 6 3 4 R8 13
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
This just in Garret Gomez off all mounts
Marie Jost More than 1 year ago
Mr. Hammersly, You can't put an intelligent ticket together in any shape, IF YOU CAN'T SEE A COMPLETE RUNNING LINE, in the new DRF format. Take your example of Moreno and look up today's (10/10/13) 6th race at Santa Anita and the running line of the #4 horse Secretsatmidnight. You'll see that the 2nd place finisher in Jan 5, 2013, 2nd race was a horse named "Mrn". How am I suppose to know that horse was Moreno? Really !! Where are the complete names or something close to it in THE FIRST 3 FINISHERS? Please pass along to DRF management, thank you.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the article....."How to bet the Pick 6". Mike Hammersly, if I followed everyone that thought they had horse racing figured out, I'd be pretty well buried. I cant believe I got to read this article for free. I wanted to pay for it so that I can follow your lead and lose more money. A couple of things to have fun with this: Lets see if Hammersly should have wasted his time being that I personally do not see any of his race 1's horses getting him to the second leg. Race 1- The horses to get you to the second leg......3 & 8. Good luck.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
7 and 3.are better than 8 not good enough but worth a because his early speed fits in this race. I see the 8 getting caught. Hammerlsy is a level headed guy no need to dump poops, You try handicapping one horse on top each race, I see you used two COWARD.
Abner Aballe More than 1 year ago
Best bets today, anyone?
Marie Jost More than 1 year ago
Hey DRF, how about making some more room on the running line in your new program size PP's. I could handicap the Pick 6 better if I knew who truly were the top 3 finishers in each race that a horse ran in. Your abbreviations of names just doesn't do it. I would have to take a class in shorthand to know what horses you are printing.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
Hey Marie, how bout ceasing the stand up comedy act.
Paul Aswad More than 1 year ago
the thing to do is get lots of partners and then you can get a pretty nice ticket together. that's how most of these big pots are hit.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Completely disagree. How much you spend on the ticket does not ensure that a soul involved knew how to arrive at the winning horses. Id rather actually know what Im doing, find a way to eliminate horses, keep the ticket under $48.00, and let it ride.
Abner Aballe More than 1 year ago
under $48?! even if you know what you're doing, you can never cover all the variables. Might as well give me the $48 or whatever you plan on playing. Carryovers and cards with a degree of difficulty like today's require extra contingencies and a bigger bankroll, so asking for investors makes perfect sense.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
I am in with a logical ticket for $32.00 today. Best wishes.
Cathy More than 1 year ago
You will have to maybe deal with races off the turf as it has poured here all day in So Cal. Good luck everyone.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Still raining now at 7:00 pm, but it hasn't been pounding. If the suns out in the morning the turf races should go.