LONGSHOT TRIGGERS MASSIVE TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $548,670 INTO THURSDAY; TOTAL PICK SIX POOL EXPECTED TO EXCEED $2.5 MILLION
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2016)–In a massive upset, 71-1 longshot Generosidade flew late to take Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes under Tiago Pereira by 1 ½ lengths while covering a mile and one half on a turf course listed as “good” in 2:28.80. Trained by Paulo Lobo, Uruguayan-bred Generosidade made her third stateside start today.
“I was so excited because this is my (second) graded win in North America,” said an ebullient Pereira, who like Lobo, is a Brazilian native. “Generosidade was so good today. We sat behind, we let the pace go and the last three eighths, I was able to get outside and get up to win it.
“Paulo told me to relax the first part of the race in the other three times I rode her (three) because she liked to do that when she ran in Brazil. But, in the three races she’s run here, they were not so good…Her last work was good and today she was too good for them.”
The longest shot in a field of 10 older horses that included four females, Generosidade paid $144.80, $45.60 and $17.60.
Owned by her breeder, Haras Phillipson, Inc., Generosidade got her fifth win from 16 lifetime starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased her earnings to $206,894.
“She’s a marathon horse,” said Lobo. “She loves the distance and we were looking for a mile and a half. She had her (recent) race (finishing sixth in the 1 ½ miles turf Astra Stakes here on Jan. 17). I think the rain helped me because she’s seven years old. She has issues, little problems, and the softer ground helped her.
Trained by Ron McAnally and ridden by Tyler Baze, Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca rallied boldly from far back to be second, finishing a neck in front of Brazilian-bred Energia Fribby. Off at 10-1, Quick Casablanca paid $11.00 and $5.60.
“I tried to thread the needle (at the top of the lane) and a horse stopped in front of me,” said Baze. “The horse is on the top of his game right now. He’s doing awesome. I can’t wait for the next one.”
Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Energia Fribby, a 6-year-old mare, rallied wide-out and finished third, a neck in front of Highball. Off at 30-1, Energia Fribby paid $12.00 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.18, 47.61, 1:12.29, 1:38.20 and 2:03.83.
There is a massive two-day Pick Six carryover into Thursday at Santa Anita of $548,670. It is expected Thursday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $2.5 million.
First post time for an eight-race card on Thursday is at 1 p.m. The Pick Six will begin with Thursday’s third race, with approximate post time at 2 p.m.