IT’S BOMBS AWAY IN FINALE, AS LA TALIA PAYS $74.40, SANTA ANITA PICK SIX CARRYOVER TO FRIDAY $81,875

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2011)—With 3-year-old filly La Talia taking on the role of pari-mutuel bomb--returning $74.40 to win, nobody connected all six dots in the Pick Six, resulting in a carryover of $81,875 into Friday.

Veteran jockey Chris Russell collected his first win of the meet with only his third mount. La Talia is owned and trained by Felix Gonzalez.

It’s expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $600,000.

Thursday’s third race, leg one in the Pick Six, was settled in formful fashion, as Runaway Wildcat paid $3.00 to win with Martin Garcia aboard. Owned by La Canada Stables, LLC, Runaway Wildcat is trained by Jack Carava.

The fourth race went to the Carl O’Callaghan conditioned Bold and Brave, who paid $14.40. The first-time starter is owned by Sheehy, LLC and was ridden by Martin Pedroza.

Owner, breeder and trainer Mark Tsagalakis was all smiles following the fifth race, as his Dubai You XYZ took the afternoon’s allowance feature, returning $8.40 to win. Brice Blanc rode the 4-year-old E Dubai gelding to his second consecutive win.

Thursday’s sixth race went to longshot Lake Osceola, who paid $16.20 and was ridden by Kerwin John. Lake Osceola is owned by Garcia and Ruditzky and is trained by David Young.

Sports talk radio superstar Jim Rome emerged from his coast to coast radio jungle to savor victory in the seventh race, as his Diamond Geezah notched his second straight hillside turf victory under Joe Talamo. Owned by Dr. Dan Capen and Rome’s Jungle Racing LLC, Diamond Geezah paid $7.00 to win. He was saddled by Mike Mitchell and was claimed out of the race for $80,000 by trainer Ted H. West.

Friday’s Pick Six will cover races three through eight. First post is 1 p.m.

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