03/01/2013 5:15PM

Santa Anita ends ontrack pick-six bonus

Shigeki Kikkawa
Grade 2 winner Qaraaba will miss a month of training due to a suspensory injury.

Santa Anita has terminated a promotion paying a 20 percent bonus to ontrack customers who hit the pick six.

The promotion began Jan. 1 and ended Thursday, at the end of February. Track President George Haines said the track paid out $20,000 through the bonus, which was funded by the racetrack, the horsemen’s purse account, and promotional money available through the California Marketing Committee.

Haines said the promotion failed to boost handle on the pick six, which has been increasingly overshadowed in the last two years by the 50-cent pick five. Haines said the pick-six promotion “got a lot of talk” but otherwise did not reach expectations.

“I think it was a good promotion,” Haines said. “We’re looking for new ones to incentivize our ontrack customers.”

Qaraaba to miss a month with injury

Qaraaba, the winner of the Grade 2 Robert Frankel Stakes on turf Dec. 30, has been taken out of training for a month with a suspensory injury, trainer Simon Callaghan said. He said he is hopeful that Qaraaba can resume racing this summer.

“She’s tweaked a high suspensory,” he said. “She’ll walk for 30 days and jog for 30 days.”

Owned by Michael Tabor and Alice Bamford, Qaraaba is unbeaten in two starts in the United States, beginning with an optional claimer at Hollywood Park in November. She was a candidate for the $150,000 Santa Ana Stakes before the injury surfaced.

Just Win Baby set for Sunland Park Derby

Just Win Baby, the upset winner of a maiden special weight race for 3-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles Thursday, is bound for the $800,000 Sunland Park Derby in New Mexico on March 24, trainer Oscar Garcia said Thursday.

Owned by Greg Norman, Just Win Baby ($59.60) closed from fourth in a field of seven to win by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:44.52.

“He won the way we trained him,” Garcia said.

Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Just Win Baby, who is by the stallion The Daddy, made his second start Thursday, having finished sixth in a maiden race Feb. 16. Just Win Baby will be Garcia’s first starter in a Triple Crown prep.

“If he does well at Sunland Park, we’ll take a shot at the Kentucky Derby,” Garcia said. “Every trainer, that’s what we’re looking for, the horse that puts us on the map.”

Richard Belanski More than 1 year ago
Santa Anita is very nice, but it's simply too expensive to attend live racing there. The Finish Line restaurant at The Fairplex in Pomona has free parking, free entrance, free seating, table service for no additional seating fee, and full track payouts. Why on earth should I have to pay to park at a racetrack, pay to get in, and then pay again for a decent seat? Wake up, racetrack execs: you are LOSING.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
agreed 100 %
Rick Hulce More than 1 year ago
Give Jimmy "The Hat" Allard his table in The Frontrunner back as well as his lucrative consulting contract and I'm sure that Santa Anita will see the Pick 6 numbers increase.
Sal Carcia More than 1 year ago
The pick6 is the domain of the high roller and the pick5 is the domain of all the players, including the untapped small to mid-sized player market. If Santa Anita wants improve its attendance and handle, then they should focus on helping the little players. Dropping the takeout % and presenting fairer bet types for everyone will bring a lot of players back.