DESPITE TAKING OVER FIVE INCHES OF RAIN EARLIER IN THE WEEK, TRACK UPGRADED TO ‘FAST’; THURSDAY’S TOTAL PICK SIX POOL HITS $2.5 MILLION, 71 WINNING TICKETS EACH PAY $22,015
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2016)–Reclaimed three starts back on Aug. 23 for $32,000, Desert Thief rallied from mid-pack under Joe Talamo to take Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by 1 ¾ lengths while covering 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.64 over a track that was upgraded to “fast” earlier in the day.
Trained by Bill Spawr, the 4-year-old California-bred filly by Desert Code, who came off a pair of seconds at the same allowance level, was off at 3-1 in a field of 10 older fillies and mares bred or sired in California and paid $8.00, $4.00 and $2.80.
“That was fine, the track is unbelievable,” said Talamo. “This was an unbelievable job by (Track Superintendent) Dennis Moore and his crew. With all the rain we’ve had the past few days (five and two tenths inches), I thought we would be racing on a sealed track. For them to be able to open it up and for it to be quick, it feels great.”
Owned by Spawr, Abraham Ponce and Thomas Sanford, Desert Thief picked up $34,800 for the win, which was her fourth from 21 career starts. With the victory, her earnings now stand at $170,946.
Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Zuzu’s Petals broke from the rail and rallied from far back to finish second, three lengths in front of early pacesetter Parasail. Off at 7-1, Zuzu’s Petals paid $7.20 and $4.60.
Parasail, who was collared by the winner inside the furlong pole, was off at 8-1 with Tyler Baze and paid $5.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.58, 44.21 and 1:09.77.
With a two-day Pick Six carryover of $378,187 from Sunday, there was an additional $2.1 million in “new money” wagered, creating a total Pick Six pool on Thursday of $2,560,266. There were 71 winning tickets, and they each paid $22,015.00. There were 2,526 tickets with five winners, which paid $197.60 each.
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