PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $121,702 INTO SUNDAY, TOTAL SANTA ANITA POOL COULD EXCEED $1 MILLION

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 11, 2009)—Although Battle of Hastings took Saturday’s featured La Puente Stakes as the 7-5 post time favorite, longshots were for the most part the order of the day for the remainder of the afternoon and as a result, there is a carryover of $121,702 into Sunday and the prospect of a total pool of more than $1 million.

Saturday’s carryover is the 26th from 78 days of racing at Santa Anita’s 84-day winter/spring meeting, which will conclude on Sunday, April 19.

Saturday’s Pick Six began in race four, with longshot Treadwell connecting under Danny Sorenson and paying $19.20 to win. Owned by the Roncelli Family Trust and Roney, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Crafty Prospector is trained by T.R. Bell, II.

Race five went to the 9-year-old veteran gelding Shadow of Illinois, under Alex Solis. Owned by trainer Anthony Saavedra’s wife Jennifer, the California-bred by Illinois Storm won his sixth race from 34 lifetime starts and paid $17.00 to win.

In one of the afternoon’s most impressive performance’s, Diamond Tags, with Mike Smith up, won the sixth race and paid $5.80 to win. Owned by D & E Racing, LLC, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred by Seeking the Gold broke her maiden today in her third start and is trained by Bob Baffert.

Race seven was the afternoon’s main event, the $100,00 La Puente Stakes for 3-year-olds. Battle of Hastings, a 3-year-old English-bred gelding, paid $4.80 to win. Tyler Baze rode for owner Michael House and trainer Jeff Mullins.

Race eight was the day’s supporting feature, the $74,950 Santa Lucia Handicap, and it was won by comebacking Champagne Eyes, who had been idle since January of 2008. Ridden by Michael Baze, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Flatter paid $13.40 to win. She is trained by Doug O’Neill.

In a desperate finish, Connie the Queen, under Victor Espinoza, prevailed in the ninth by a nose and paid $14.20 to win. Trained by Gregg M. Matties, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Mazel Trick is owned by Matties Racing Stable, LLC.

Sunday’s Pick Six will consist of races four through nine. First post time is 12:30 p.m.

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