TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER INTO SATURDAY OF $110,484, TOTAL POOL COULD EXCEED $750,000
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2014)–An attentive second throughout, favored Kulik Lodge overhauled pacesetting Ethnic Dance in deep stretch to take Friday’s $60,000 Island Fury Purse by a length under Mike Smith while negotiating 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.06.
Trained by Tom Proctor, the lightly raced Kulik Lodge came off a nose allowance score going one mile on turf Aug. 9 at Del Mar and proved best over six rivals in the Island Fury, a second condition allowance for 3-year-olds and up that was contested with the temporary inside rail set at 30 feet.
Off at 3-2, he paid $5.00, $3.60 and $2.60.
“I wanted to make sure the pace was legitimate, so I didn’t want to be too far back, but I didn’t want to go too fast either, to set it up for somebody from way back,” said Smith. “I just wanted my horse to be comfortable and turning for home, it was just a matter of who the better horse was. I think this horse has a bright future on any kind of turf.”
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, Kulik Lodge was making his fourth career start for his owner/breeder, Stonestreet Stables, LLC. He now has three wins and one second and with the winner’s share of $36,000, he increased his earnings to $109,400.
Runner-up Ethnic Dance, a winner of last year’s Grade II Del Mar Derby, broke from the far outside under Edwin Maldonado and led to the sixteenth pole through fractions of 22.98, 46.86, 1:10.50 and 1:34.28.
Off at 9-2, he paid $5.20 and $3.60.
“He ran huge,” said Maldonado. “I was hoping to be able to open up a little bit on the winner, but every time I looked back, Mike was right there and he never gave me a shot.”
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Pure Loyalty lagged far back in last and finished third, 2 ¼ lengths behind Ethnic Dance. Off at 4-1, Pure Loyalty paid $3.20 to show.
There is a two-day carryover into Saturday’s Pick Six at Santa Anita of $110,484. Saturday’s Pick Six will cover races five through 10 and it’s expected the total pool could exceed $750,000. First post time on Saturday is at 1 p.m., admission gates open at 11 a.m.