01/21/2014 2:15PM

Santa Anita: Pick six carryover could swell beyond $2 million

Benoit & Associates
Miss Well Molded may be worthy of a single in the seventh race Thursday, the next-to-last leg of the pick six.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Bettors will aim Thursday at an attractive two-day carryover in the pick six at Santa Anita, where $419,541 already in the pool could generate an additional $2 million.

The sequence (races 3-8) consists of three maiden races, two claiming races, and a turf race for California-bred fillies and mares with a potential single in Miss Well Molded. Post time for the first leg of the pick six is 2 p.m. Pacific.

Race 3 is a $50,000 claiming race on the hill. He’s a Dance Star has much in his favor. A course specialist with two hillside wins, he benefits from an advantageous pace scenario. He’s a Dance Star could be loose on the lead, although speed is less advantageous on turf than on dirt. Just three of the 19 turf sprints this meet have been won by the pacesetter.

Others in the field also have won races on the hill, including closers Hotradamus, Royal F J, A Toast to You, and My Samurai Warrior. The comebacker Zimmer makes his first start in a year, with a history of firing fresh. Zimmer could be positioned closest to the pacesetter and get first run if He’s a Dance Star fades. The rails are at 24 feet.

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Race 4 is a $30,000 maiden claimer for 3-year-olds at 5 1/2 furlongs. The field’s two quickest starters will appreciate a distance cutback – New Order and Exponentially. The vulnerable White Front Freddy is stuck on the rail.

Race 5, for California-bred maidens at one mile on turf, is a race Through My Eyes could steal. Runner-up sprinting last out, Through My Eyes’s challenge is to put away pace adversary El Tovar. Jeff Mullins, trainer of Through My Eyes, is 3 for 6 with stretch-outs switching to turf the past four years. Mullins also starts stretch-out Stake Hunter.

A pace collapse would favor three career closers. Thunder Cole (six starts), first-time gelding Public Interest (five starts), and Red Globe (nine starts) will be running late.

Race 6 is an $8,000 claimer at one mile on the main track, led by front-runner Red Sharp Humor and closer Only the Gold. The speed of Red Sharp Humor makes him the horse to catch. Six of the last 12 dirt races at one mile have been won by the early pacesetter.

Warren’s Joe T and Majestic Moment are come-from-behind threats. Brown Boss was a vet scratch Jan. 4 and drops from a California-bred allowance. Liberty Cap also takes a severe drop from $25,000 claiming.

Race 7, a first-level optional $25,000 claimer on turf for California-bred fillies and mares, includes a potential single from a stable that is due. Miss Well Molded enters with the highest figures and is recently proven against better. She won a $32,000 open claimer three back, scored an allowance win first off the claim by Doug O’Neill two back, then misfired last time in a second-level allowance.

Miss Well Molded’s owners already are “out.” Claimed for $32,000, she earned $37,400 winning the allowance. Her entry in a statebred optional claimer – she runs for a $25,000 tag – makes sense. She can provide a wake-up for O’Neill, who is 1 for 30 since Jan. 12.

If the favorite misfires, secondary contenders include Tanquerray, Lil Swiss Echo, Mangita, and Warren’s Rosebud.

Race 8, a $30,000 maiden claiming route for 3-year-olds, is led by Runaway Que. He was hounded through hot fractions last out, shook off his pace rivals, and finished second. A slower tempo would allow him to lead gate to wire.

The logical come-from-behind contenders are Thunders Echo, Keeneland Kitten, Sir Macho, and Run for Pleasure.

Michael Hammersly's pick six ticket