01/07/2014 2:26PM

Santa Anita: Pick six carryover adds intrigue to Thursday card

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Barbara D. Livingston
Thursday's pick six at Santa Anita covers races 3-8 and features a carryover of $87,195.

ARCADIA, Calif. – A welcome boost to the Santa Anita winter meet arrives Thursday in the form of an $87,195 pick six carryover that could produce a pool exceeding $500,000.

The racing could use some zing. The first two weeks of the meet were marked by small fields and surprising predictability. The average field size is 7.73 horses, down from 8.85 for the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, favorites are running amok, winning at a 42-percent clip.

Thursday’s carryover is the third of the nine-day-old meet and covers races 3-8. Post time for the opening leg of the sequence is 2:01 p.m. Pacific.

Race 3 is a $40,000 claiming sprint for 4-year-olds in which the favorites hail from the two leading stables. Bob Baffert trains Ranulf, a convincing last-out winner of a restricted $25,000 claimer, and Jerry Hollendorfer starts recent claim Too Fast to Pass.

Ranulf faces challenges regarding post position and surface. He would be the first horse this meet to win a six-furlong race from the rail (posts 1 and 2 are winless from 17 races at six furlongs). Ranulf also is unproven on dirt. His two wins were at Hollywood Park.

It might not matter. Ranulf earned a 91 Beyer Speed Figure last out, fast enough to win Thursday. He also has enough speed to establish position.

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Too Fast to Pass breaks from post 2. Claimed last out from a runner-up finish in a turf sprint, he handles any surface and has the meet’s top trainer-and-jockey combo – Hollendorfer and Rafael Bejarano are 5 for 12 together.

Race 4 is a $30,000 maiden-claiming sprint for 3-year-olds. The tepid choice is Rambling House, who improved slightly in his second start, finishing fifth against similar competition. His rivals include first-time starters Warren’s Sallyized, Southern Justice, and Cleardofallcharges, along with class dropper Vegas Street and shipper Keeneland Kitten.

Race 5 is a turf route for statebred maiden fillies. It includes a second-time starter some pick six bettors will consider to be a possible single. Princess Genevieve finished fourth as the favorite in her debut, a turf sprint that was better than it appears.

Princess Genevieve broke well, dropped back, and finished evenly. She missed by 2 1/2 lengths while seemingly looking for a longer distance. She has worked twice since for Hollendorfer and stretches out against modest foes. Her main opponent is Euroclydon, a low-rated runner-up last out but with experience around two turns.

Race 6 is a $12,500 claiming sprint for nonwinners of two. The favorite enters with a dubious pattern. Jovita’s Tuffy has raced four times, including a maiden special weight win in May and a seventh-place finish in an allowance in December. The fastest in the field on figures, his sudden drop to the bottom casts doubt on his form.

Other contenders include Warren’s Tyler S., who returns to the surface on which he scored a good maiden win three back. Tale Be Told was compromised by slow starts from an inside post in his last two. His maiden win in September puts him in the hunt.

Race 7 is a 1 1/4-mile route for nonwinners of two other than. The rails are scheduled to be placed at the outermost 30-foot position Thursday, and front-runner Monastic could be loose on the lead.

The challenge facing Monastic is distance; 1 1/4 miles is uncharted territory for him. His four turf tries at 1 1/8 miles produced a runner-up finish and a pair of thirds. His rivals include Power Foot and European shipper Black Spirit.

Race 8 is a $20,000 maiden claimer for older fillies and mares. The comebacker Circular Logic could set the pace; first-time starter Unique Suances goes for trainer Darrell Vienna, who has won five races from his 21 most recent maiden-claiming first-timers.

Michael Hammersly's pick six ticket for Thursday at Santa Anita

harpharper . More than 1 year ago
Hey Michael, obviously you have never used the DRF Ticketmaker app. He didn't have 6 out of 6. Close, but no Cigar.
Michael More than 1 year ago
Short fields so what kind of ticket did you think someone would put up?
Michael More than 1 year ago
So the ticket Mike H put up, while chalky, still hits for $1,800+ and you guys think he's useless?! You're idiots!
harpharper . More than 1 year ago
He didn't have 6 out of 6. U idiot.
Judy Maass Gadwood More than 1 year ago
I say hello to John Henry (statue) every time I'm at the track :-) Thanks for sharing Barbara Livingston's photo of him!
DD PR More than 1 year ago
Dude!!!!! You are right! This guy is useless.
Tom Fritzsche More than 1 year ago
Thanks Mike H. for going out on a limb. All......every one of them are THE favorites........don't think I could've come up with those picks. Useless info!!
michael More than 1 year ago
Did you expect any different from drf? Try Litfin, never gives out more than 5/2 morning liners.
M More than 1 year ago
Purses on the mid-lower claiming could also be enhanced to entice more entrants. Del Mar does it. My math is that you have to get 1st place anywhere below 16K just to cover day rate, meaning all the rest running on owner's dime that month and losing money (think extra house payment for avg US home or about cost of Harvard tuition). About 2nd place at 16K Claiming may cover costs. Then above that the purse are better and quite good for MSW and Allowance. But they don't really have enough allowance and stakes horses to fill the cards. They need the claimers to fill cards. More horses will come when 2YO's are allowed on the track, too, later in the Spring. Get the lower claiming purses up or write more creative conditions to enhance the fields near term.
Walter More than 1 year ago
It just appears that SoCal simply doesn't have the horse population for many types of races anymore. The SA winter meet was never the one where trainers would hold out their runners, there was never a reason for it. So field size usually was not a problem at this time. The fact it's happening is very troubling for SoCal. Maybe these folks have shot themselves in the foot too many times, it may not be reversible. Good luck to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Winners to be determine after gate opens and bets are tallied. Signals given to jocks at top of stretch. Its a good system and the sheep will follow.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Can you give some clear examples of this happening? And, how it's done? There is no reason to say these things if you are simply speculating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes i can give you examples. Watch video of Old Hat Stakes. See #6 in deep stretch.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Ok, I watched it. The horse broke down & was euthanized. Are you saying that was set up somehow? That seems impossible and ridiculous to suggest. We all know that when money is on the line and humans can somehow affect the outcome, there will be some unscrupulous folks who do cheat to gain an advantage. But your example is clearly not one of them.
bcrace12 More than 1 year ago
You need a vacation from racing!
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
For a guy who doesn't bet races why arr you watching the OLD Hat Stakes.Lol
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
42% win favorito could get worse, short fields, horsemen, fans better at it, one price will c/o p6 ......... still better at GP, FG, OP even w/ off tracks
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
The pick six is never easy and should not even be attempted by the average guy with a limited budget.but even the big tickets can get undone by some really poor riding.taste like candy is a prime example she tracked a long shot while pinned inside (how a jockey on the best horse gets pinned inside in a small field while 3 lengths clear of the 3rd horse is a mystery to me) then continued inside until deep stretch before dropping back and then coming on fast when it was to late r berjarano at his worst or maybe best depending on if you had a call or a put.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Real question and be honest, are you present or former jockey