03/14/2016 12:20PM

Small fields Thursday make rich pick six manageable

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Thursday’s card at Santa Anita became much more interesting when the pick six wasn’t hit Saturday or Sunday, resulting in a two-day carryover of $548,670. The pick six pool likely will go over $1.5 million. Considering the average field size of 7.9 horses per race before scratches in the six-race sequence, it likely will be hit Thursday. Post time for race 3, the first leg of the pick six, is 2 p.m. Pacific.

Trainer Tim Yakteen is looking for a solid effort from Big Move in a first-level allowance race for California-bred fillies and mares that goes as race 7. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint on the downhill turf course drew nine horses.

The 4-year-old filly by Mr. Big is coming off a third-place finish in a $20,000 optional race for California-breds on the main track at Del Mar on Nov. 14. In two races coming down the hill, she lost by a head in a key maiden special weight race for statebreds May 16 and then easily won a similar race June 15. Big Move will be ridden by leading jockey Rafael Bejarano.

“We are excited about her running down the hill again,” said Yakteen. “I don’t know if you can single her in the pick six, but I can tell you she is training beautifully. Rafael was aboard for her latest work, and he was really pleased with her.”

Oh Great Idea looks like the one to beat in the first leg of the pick six. The daughter of J P’s Gusto appeared to have a bright future when she debuted going 5 1/2 furlongs in a maiden special weight race at Del Mar on Aug. 1. Trained by Peter Miller, she tracked an honest pace and held on well to finish second. A similar effort makes her the winner of the $75,000 maiden-claiming race for 3-year-old fillies.

She has been freshened following back-to-back disappointing efforts and will be running for a tag for the first time. If she breaks alertly from the rail with David Lopez riding, she could be gone.

Algorhythmic is a horse to consider in a California-bred maiden special weight race coming down the hill in race 4. Trained by James Kasparoff, Algorhythmic just missed when she debuted in a similar race Jan. 30 and then had a rough trip when she moved to dirt in her second start. Back on her preferred surface and reunited with jockey Brice Blanc, she could be sitting on a big effort in her third start.

Cheekabo, trained by Peter Eurton, is a serious threat to win race 5. She is dropping into a first level allowance race for 3-year-old California-bred fillies after finishing third in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks on Jan. 30. The only time she ran on dirt, she romped by 4 1/2 lengths in a one-mile maiden special weight race for California-breds on Jan. 16.


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If there is a single in the sequence, it is Shiny Nugget in race 6. The homebred son of Indygo Shiner won a $30,000 maiden claimer for trainer Hector Palma when he made his debut at Del Mar on Nov. 7. In his only other start, he finished second in a $20,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on Feb. 19. He owns the best last-race Beyer Speed Figure, is versatile, and figures to move forward with a race under his belt.

Include the first-time starters Sugar Cat and Feather Spirit in a wide-open bottom-level maiden-claiming race for older fillies and mares that closes out the card. If they can run at all, they could win it.

Lizzy’s Tizzy could be tough to handle if she moves forward in her second start back for trainer Jerry Fanning. The 5-year-old daughter of Tizbud just missed when she debuted in a $20,000 maiden claimer at Del Mar on Aug. 15, 2014. She didn’t return to the races until last month, when she got off to a poor start and ran evenly to finish a nonthreatening fourth.

Gymnast Jadie flashed good speed when she debuted on the downhill turf course in a maiden special weight race March 3 and could be tough to catch if she breaks on top with Bejarano riding.

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