Updated on 01/18/2012 6:24PM

Santa Anita: Pick six bettors chase $107,326 carryover

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The first leg of Thursday's pick six seems to lack a standout or a consistent runner.

ARCADIA, Calif. – The feature race at Santa Anita on Thursday is the second, an allowance race for California-bred 3-year-old fillies. The feature for bettors is a pick six carryover of $107,326.

Thursday’s pick six covers the third through eighth races. The first two races have six horses, followed by fields of 8, 11, 8, and 10. The temporary rails on turf will be set 30 feet from the permanent rail for Thursday’s card.

There are key decisions to be made along the way.

The third race, a $16,000 claimer for 3-year-old fillies over six furlongs, lacks a standout or consistent runner. I Sense Your Luck, second in a $20,000 claimer on Dec. 29, and the speedy Purple Starduster, claimed for $25,000 on Dec. 8, will attract support.

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Ultimate Decision, the winner of a $20,000 claimer for maidens by 11 1/4 lengths on Jan. 2, makes his first start against winners in the fourth race. He was claimed by Doug O’Neill on Jan. 2. Clearance Clarence, stakes-placed at 2 in 2010, will race near the lead.

Statebred maiden females run a mile in the fifth race. Clean Break, the mount of Rafael Bejarano, makes her debut around two turns in her first start in nearly two months. The Grans can be a factor if she runs back to her second at this level in October.

Bejarano rides the popular Subpoena the Dress in the sixth, a $16,000 claimer for older females over six furlongs. A 6-year-old mare, Subpoena the Dress has been claimed in four of her last five starts and has won three of those races. Trainer Linda Mikus claimed Subpoena the Dress for $12,500 on Jan. 2, the day the mare won over seven furlongs. Subpoena the Dress will be a factor from the front, but must contend with Classy Attraction, Dubai Macau Girl, and Filly Power.

Meltarib and Sunburn will dominate the betting in the seventh, an optional claimer over a mile on turf for statebred females. They were second and third in a similar race at Hollywood Park on Dec. 2. Meltarib returned to finish a well-beaten second in a turf sprint here on Jan. 7.

As is almost always the case, the last race is for maiden claimers – a six-furlong sprint for older horses. In the 10-horse field, Apply, Baron Von Red, Father Pabst, Relentless Heat, and Sky Fox make the key drop from maiden special weight into maiden claimers.

Before the pick six begins, Almost a Lady seeks her third win in four starts in the second race.

A troubled fifth in the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes on Dec. 26, Almost a Lady could start in another stakes this spring. A win on Thursday may lead to the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs on March 31. The Evening Jewel is part of the newly formed Golden State Series, a schedule of stakes for statebreds being launched this year.

“This is the perfect fit for her,” trainer John Sadler said of Thursday’s race. “The statebred program is what will suit her.”

Almost a Lady is the only filly in Thursday’s race with stakes experience. The race drew a field of five, including three last-race maiden winners – Amazingly (Dec. 8 at Hollywood), Vicki Victoria (Dec. 17 at Hollywood), and Caribaya Queen (Oct. 30 at Woodbine).

Warren’s Goldie, fourth in a starter allowance here on Jan. 12, won a maiden claimer at Hollywood Park on Dec. 15 in her third career start.