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PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $169,419 INTO WEDNESDAY, SANTA ANITA POOL SHOULD REACH $1 MILLION
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2009)—Due in large measure to a $117.00 winner, Santa Anita experienced its 19th Pick Six carryover from 44 racing days of racing on Sunday, as $169,419 will await Pick Six punters when racing resumes on Wednesday. It’s expected the total pool Wednesday could easily reach $1 million.
Moonlit Habit, with Alonso Quinonez aboard, was the third-longest priced runner in race five and returned $117.00 to win. Conditioned by Ruben Cardenas, the 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Malibu Moon took the $10,000 claiming event for owner L. Steve Keh.
The Pick Six began with race four, which was won by Scored, under Alex Solis. The Jay Em Ess Stable runner paid $14.40 to win and is conditioned by Bruce Headley. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Came Home, Scored made his racing debut on Sunday.
Race six went to 9-5 favorite Kelly Leak, returning $5.60 to win. Idle since a third-place finish in the Jan. 24 Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream Park, Kelly Leak is owned by Blahut Racing, Avila, Johnson and partners, and is trained by Mike Machowsky.
Sunday’s seventh went to Spanish Ice, giving Alonso Quinonez his second win of the day and paying $23.60 to win. The 3-year-old California-bred filly by Spanish Steps is owned by her breeders, Martin Stables Inc.
The carryover was conclusively cinched in the eighth and featured Gr. II, $150,000 San Luis Obisbo Handicap, as 4-5 favorite Zambezi Sun failed to hit the board and 6-1 shot Spring House under Alex Solis, came home on top returning $15.20 to win. The victory provided both Solis and trainer Julio Canani with their second wins on the day. Owned and bred in part in Kentucky by R.D. Hubbard, the 7-year-old gelding by Chester House made it back-to-back wins in the San Luis Obisbo as he bested nine other rivals at 1 ½ miles on turf.
The ninth race went to the Gary Sherlock-trained Ashee with Joel Rosario up, paying $9.80 to win. The 3-year-old filly was bred in California by her breeder, Bruce Chandler. Previously trained by the recently retired Richard Matlow, Ashee broke her maiden Sunday in career start number four.
Santa Anita will be dark Monday and Tuesday. Racing resumes with an eight race program on Wednesday, with first post at 1 p.m. The Pick Six will cover races three through eight.