Updated on 01/06/2016 3:00PM

Wet weather muddies enticing $378,188 pick six carryover


ARCADIA, Calif. – The possibility of a wet track adds a twist to a pick six sequence Thursday at Santa Anita that looks enticing come rain or shine.

A two-day carryover of $378,188 is at stake on races 3-8, and the gross pool could approach $2 million. Racing officials carded an all-dirt card, anticipating rain.

The sequence includes one potential single. Touched by Autism, an improving maiden with a unique backstory, is favored in race 4, a route for statebred maiden 3-year-olds. The other five races are more difficult. Below is a peek at the sequence.

Race 3: In this maiden-$20,000 route for fillies and mares, MIZ GRAYCEE can win if she reproduces her recent comeback effort. She is the fastest on figures, drops to the bottom for the first time, and has the speed to establish position. She also is proven on wet ground. Three others are marginally qualified – DARLING GRACE, BOLT UP, and APPEALING LADY.

Race 4: TOUCHED BY AUTISM, a sharp second last out at Golden Gate, enters in top form. With the top figure and being proven at two turns, he is a tempting single in this route for 3-year-old maiden California-breds. Touched by Autism, scheduled to arrive Monday, enters as the day’s most probable winner, facing GOT TOBE AWESOME and SPEEDIN WITH EDDIE.

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Race 5: Leading trainer Richard Baltas (5 for 12) and leading jockey Santiago Gonzalez (10 for 41) team with PONDER LEA, a runner-up two months ago at this starter-allowance level. Baltas is 21 for 44 with dirt-sprint favorites over the past five years. The rail has produced three of the last seven winners at 6 1/2 furlongs. Her main foe is the last-out maiden winner AUDRA.

Race 6: Assuming front-runners AMBERELLA and VEGAS BOUND keep each other company, this $16,000 filly-and-mare N3L claiming route could set up in favor of closers BAYONET and IPRAY. Bayonet has crossed the wire first in three straight, while Ipray split the field last time in a 3-year-old claiming race. The safe way to play would be to use all four above.

Race 7: California-bred fillies and mares go 6 1/2 furlongs in this first-level optional $20,000 claimer. The deep field includes the horse-for-course EASTER FEVER, the stuck-at-the-level DESERT THIEF, the turf-to-dirt SHARAUN, the unbeaten claiming filly BEHEST, and the comebacker MARNAYS ANGEL.

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Race 8: This filly-and-mare $8,000 claiming sprint is led by MYBABYKIM, an easy winner last out. MIDNIGHT LADY shortens up, LIL CHEYENNE and WARRENSDOLLARSIGNS will roll late, and I’M NO PATSY has a longshot look in her second start back.

A previous version of this article misstated the amount of the pick-6 carryover. It is $378,188, not $387,777.