09/20/2006 11:00PM

Thirty-three split $3.9 million pick six pool

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POMONA, Calif. - A $5,000 claiming race at the Los Angeles County Fair was the most important race in the country Wednesday, as horseplayers everywhere reaffirmed that gambling is the sport's chief appeal.

A three-day carryover of nearly $1 million attracted fresh money of $2.9 million into the pick six Wednesday at Fairplex Park, where the first leg of the sequence was a low-rung claimer. Full fields throughout the card made for competitive racing even at the bottom levels, and by the end of the afternoon, handle on the 11-race card soared to a Fairplex record of $10,390,081.

"It was exactly what Fairplex is all about; it was the ultimate day for the bettor," said equine manager George Bradvica. "It was a chance to make a lot of money."

Three days of Fairplex chaos built a carryover of $988,455 into Wednesday, before form finally returned. Favorites won the first three legs of the sequence, and 33 winning tickets were sold, each worth $78,794.

The winners came from coast to coast, led by Nevada (6), Oregon Call Center hub (4), Golden Gate Fields (3), and Television Games Network (3). Other winners were sold at the hub in Lewiston, Maine (2), Hawthorne (2), United Tote in Oregon (2), and the Ohio hub (2).

Nine other locations or platforms sold one winning ticket each. They were Hollywood Park, Santa Anita, Viejas Casino, Keeneland, Turf Paradise, Kentucky OTB, Maryland hub, and XpressBet. Only one winning ticket was sold ontrack at Fairplex Park.

Tickets with five of six winners returned $455.20. The pick-six winning horses were:

Scofield Honour ($4.40), the favorite, in race 6.

Precocious Rene ($5.60), the favorite, in race 7.

Virgo Genius ($7.60), the favorite, in race 8.

Signoretto Sig ($18.80), the fourth favorite, in race 9.

Kimmy Potter ($7.20), the second favorite in the Black Swan Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, in race 10.

Waltz Time ($30.60), the third-highest price, in race 11.

The $78,494 pick six payoff was roughly three times the amount of a $2 win parlay on the six winners.

The $10.3 million in handle surpassed the previous record, set Sept. 27, 2003, by $49,208. The amount wagered Wednesday into the pick six pool was a Fairplex record $2,952,697, and the total gross pool, including carryover, was $3,941,142.

The jackpot boost helped put the track within reach of a record meet for handle for the second straight year. After 11 days of racing, Fairplex was up 2.6 percent over the same period one year ago. Average daily handle at Fairplex is more than $7.1 million.

CHRB changes overage sanctions

The California Horse Racing Board met Wednesday at Fairplex Park, and after much discussion the board postponed action on several issues until its October meeting. But one immediate change, effective with the Hollywood Park fall meet, is language in the stall application that outlines sanctions for a second overage of total carbon dioxide.

Currently, trainers may be required to run from a detention barn for 30 days after a first offense, and a second offense can result in a trainer being prohibited from entering horses for 15 days. The new language eliminates the 15-day no-entry rule, and substitutes it with a penalty of 45 days of running from a detention barn.

Other discussions at the Wednesday meeting centered on increasing field size, marketing during the synthetic-surface Hollywood meet, and alcohol testing for jockeys. In addition, the CHRB suggested to representatives of Television Games Network that horsemen's groups be included in rate negotiations. That issue was unresolved.