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Pick six pays $1.3 million to two winning ticketholders
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A string of tricky longshots led to a record Hollywood Park pick six payoff of $1,312,808.60 to two ticket-holders in Florida and Ohio on Wednesday, according to the Hollywood Park mutuels office.
One of the winning ticketholders was Brad Anderson, a businessman and horse owner from Columbus, Ohio, Beulah Park's website reported.
Anderson's ticket, sold for an amount he declined to reveal, was purchased in the clubhouse at Beulah Park.
"I ended up buying two tickets," Anderson said, according to the website. "After I got the first ticket, I realized I had left out a horse that could win. I already had a good sum of money in the first ticket, so I just put together a backup ticket.
"When I got back to my seat, I added up how much money I had in the tickets and I almost went back and canceled them. My second thought was no. No cancellation today."
Anderson owns Devil Time, the 2003 Ohio horse of the year.
Interest in the Hollywood Park pick six reached an all-time high after a two-day carryover of $708,235 was accumulated last weekend. Wednesday, bettors added $3,453,248, creating a record pool of $4,161,483.
The other winning ticket was purchased at Calder Race Course, Hollywood Park officials said.
The winning combination was difficult to come up with.
The pick six races, the third through eighth, were won by Stop the Talking ($15.80), Western Blondy ($13), Dawn's Angel ($13.60), Jewel of the Year ($5), Sigint ($25.20), and Chickster ($20).
Jewel of the Year was the only winning favorite. Sigint was the longest shot in a field of seven in the seventh race. Stop the Talking was the fifth choice, Western Blondy was the third choice, and Dawn's Angel and Chickster were each the fourth choices.
The previous record payoff at Hollywood Park was $928,127 to a single ticket in July 2002, which occurred after a one-day carryover. The previous record pool, which included a one-day carryover, was $3,586,980 on July 4, 2001.
Because of the carryover going into Wednesday's program, the all-sources handle reached $13,203,579, which was by far the highest weekday handle of the meeting and the fifth-highest in the first 21 days of the meeting.
Dublino retired because of injury
Dublino, the winner of the 2002 Del Mar Oaks, has been retired because of a suspensory injury, trainer Laura de Seroux said.
Dublino was a candidate for the Grade 1 Gamely Handicap on May 31 when the injury was detected.
The Gamely has been hit hard by defections this week. On Wednesday, trainer Richard Mandella said that Spring Star, the winner of the Wilshire Handicap on April 25, had been retired because of an ankle injury.
Dublino finished third in the Wilshire in her final start. Racing for a partnership, Dublino, 5, won 3 of 12 starts and $596,365.
De Seroux said that Dublino will be sent to Kentucky this week but is not expected to be bred until next year. She will be offered at the Keeneland November breeding sale, de Seroux said.
"We'll put her in the November sale as a broodmare prospect, and they can breed her to an early cover next year," de Seroux said.
Dublino began her career in France, where she made two starts, including a third-place finish in the Group 3 Prix de la Grotte over about a mile in 2002. Dublino was purchased by her current owners in the spring of 2002 and made her U.S. debut in the American Oaks at Hollywood Park, where she finished first but was disqualified and placed second for causing interference in deep stretch.
Dublino won the Del Mar Oaks a month later and captured the Grade 3 Wilshire in the spring of 2003, but lost her final six starts, a span that included runner-up finishes in the Gamely, the Grade 2 Beverly Hills, and the Grade 1 Ramona handicaps.
Dublino began this year with a second in an allowance race at Santa Anita.
"Her two races this year were okay, but she was not the same Dublino," de Seroux said. "She showed the beginning of a suspensory strain."
Espinoza to ride Sweet Return
Sweet Return, who won the Hollywood Derby, San Marcos Stakes, and Kilroe Mile in consecutive starts last fall and winter, will be ridden by Victor Espinoza in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile on May 31, trainer Ron McAnally said.
Sweet Return was ridden by Gary Stevens in the San Marcos and Kilroe Mile, and by Pat Day in a second-place finish in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 1.
Stevens was offered the mount for the Shoemaker but will remain in France, where he is riding for top trainer Andre Fabre, McAnally said.
"Gary had the first choice, and I was informed yesterday that he was unable to make it," he said.
McAnally said Espinoza gained the mount at owner John Brunetti's request.
The Shoemaker is the top race for turf milers in the spring in Cali-
fornia. The list of probable starters includes Dell Place, Designed for Luck, King of Happiness, Just Wonder, Leroidesanimaux, Singletary, and Tsigane.
Santa Anita in talks with developer
Santa Anita and Caruso Affiliated Holdings, a Los Angeles real estate development company, are preparing plans for a $400 million project to develop a shopping and entertainment complex in the track's parking lot.
The concept will be similar to the Grove in Los Angeles, which offers an outdoor shopping mall, restaurants, and movie theaters.
Santa Anita has yet to receive construction permits for the project.
In 1999, Frank Stronach, the chairman of the track's parent company, Magna Entertainment, announced elaborate plans for a similar project, which was never started.
In the past year, a shopping center adjacent to Santa Anita has launched an expansion that will include a multiscreen movie complex and additional shops. The expanded shopping center will be located about 500 yards from the Santa Anita admission gates.
Stronach took over Santa Anita in 1998, and the track developed the popular Frontrunner restaurant in 1999,p which overlooks the track, and Sirona's restaurant and bar, which overlooks the saddling paddock.