TWO DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $195,894 INTO FRIDAY; TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD APPROACH $750,000
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2015)–Favored What a View, ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by former rider Kenny Black, pressed the pace from his outside post and went on to an impressive 3 ¼ length win in Thursday’s $53,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. A 4-year-old gelding by Vronsky, What a View got a mile on grass in 1:35.64.
Off at 8-5 in a field of nine California-bred or sired horses three and up, What a View paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.60.
“Today went right to plan,” said Black. “I told Kent to be aggressive out of the gate and not to get caught wide. I thought he’d be better off if he had one horse to stalk.”
Owned by Berumen, Riggio and the Elwood Johnston Trust and bred by the Johnston family’s Old English Rancho, Berumen and Berumen, What a View, who broke his maiden two starts back at a mile on turf, notched his second win from six starts. With the winner’s share of $31,800, he increased his earnings to $94,250.
Breaking from the far outside, What a View utilized his speed, cutting to the inside going into the Club House turn and tracking pacesetter It Is Living Water through fractions of 23.06, 47.03, 1:11.24 and 1:23.39, and assumed command a furlong out.
“It happened just like Kenny drew it up,” said Desormeaux. “I had plenty of horse left over and he never had to lay it down today. When they caught up to him galloping out at the seven eighths, I couldn’t pull him up until the half mile pole.”
Ridden by Victor Espinoza, It Is Living Water broke from the rail and was easily second, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Durango Flier. Off as the 7-2 second choice, It Is Living Water paid $4.40 and $3.20.
Third turning for home, Durango Flier, who was off at 7-1 with Mario Gutierrez, paid $4.40 to show.
There is a two day carryover into Friday’s Pick Six of $195,894 and Friday’s total Pick Six pool should approach $750,000. First post time for an eight-race program on Friday is at 1 p.m. and the Pick Six will cover races three through eight. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.