WITH CARRYOVER OF $129,366, TOTAL THURSDAY PICK SIX POOL REACHES $790,929
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 5, 2014)–Kathleen Rose likes to keep it simple. With Edwin Maldonado at the controls, the 4-year-old California-bred filly by Good Journey once again darted to the lead out of the gate and won in gate to wire fashion for the third consecutive time Thursday, taking Santa Anita’s $65,000 allowance feature by 2 ¼ lengths while covering one mile on turf in 1:35.33.
Trained by Mike Machowsky, Kathleen Rose was the third choice in a field of five fillies and mares and she easily defeated Kentucky-bred favorite Theatre Star to chalk up her fifth win from nine starts. A third condition allowance, it was carded as Thursday’s fourth race, which was leg two in the Pick Six.
Off at 7-2, Kathleen Rose paid $9.80, $3.60 and $3.20.
Breaking from the rail, she took control immediately, as Theatre Star, who showed good speed in finishing a close fourth in the Grade III Wilshire Stakes on April 27, never threatened after an awkward beginning.
“The Proctor filly (Theatre Star, trained by Tom Proctor) looked like the only other speed in the race,” said Maldonado. “When she missed the break, I knew we were going to be pretty tough. I was able to ‘walk the dog’ out there and nobody came close. Mike’s done a great a job with her and she’s a lot of fun to ride.”
Owned by B and B Zietz Stables, Inc., Kathleen Rose picked up $50,700 for the win, boosting her earnings to $231,540.
Ridden by top apprentice Drayden Van Dyke, Theatre Star “broke in a bit and steadied” according to the Equibase Chart and instead of pressing the winner early, she was relegated to fourth position around the Club House turn and rallied well late to finish second, 3 ½ lengths clear of Irish-bred Redressthebalance.
Off at 6-5, Theatre Star paid $3.00 and $3.00.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Redressthbalance was last early and saved ground at the rail throughout to finish a neck in front of Spring Bloom and Corey Nakatani.
Redressthebalance was off at 6-1 and paid $4.00 to show.
With a Pick Six carryover from Sunday of $129,366, an additional $661,563 was wagered on Thursday, resulting in a total pool of $790,929. The Pick Six will conclude with Thursday’s eighth race.
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