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BEAN BARN BOMB PAYS $119.00 TO WIN, PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $58,124 INTO SATURDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2011)—Owner/trainer Bob Bean paved the way for a Pick Six carryover on Friday, as his Ellie L., in a furious stretch drive, got up to win the fourth race under Kayla Stra, paying $119.00 to win and virtually assured what became a Pick Six carryover of $58,124 into Saturday. It is expected the total Pick Six pool on Saturday, Santa Anita Derby Day, will exceed $500,000.
Friday’s Pick Six got off to a formful start, as 4-5 favorite Star Dance M D paid $3.80 to win with leading rider Joel Rosario up. Trained by Kathy Walsh and owned by Mark Dedomenico LLC, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Henny Hughes was making his second career start.
Ellie L., with Stra aloft, appeared hopelessly beaten at the top of the stretch in race four, but when Stra was able to angle outside of runners leaving the eighth pole, the 6-year-old Kentucky bred mare by Black Minnaloushe won going away by one half length. She’s owned-in-part by Bean’s wife, Luanne.
Race five went to O She So, who paid $9.60 to win with Modesto Linares aboard. Trained by John Cortez, the 5-year-old California-bred mare by Ancient Art is owned by her breeder, Leal Ranches.
Ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, consummate professional Yodelen Dan notched his 14th career victory in race seven, paying $4.80 to win. Owned and bred in California by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, the 8-year-old gelding by Swiss Yodeler is trained by Jeff Mullins.
Although race three went to 58-1 shot Ellie L., there were three horses “alive” in Friday’s eighth and final race—Dancing Joy, Popular Cause and Megaride.
At the top of the stretch, Dancing Joy and Martin Garcia appeared to be in position to win, as they loomed outside of 28-1 longshot Bell Blitz, with Martin Pedroza up. Pedroza’s mount met the challenge and soundly rebuffed Dancing Joy to win by 1 ½ lengths, while paying $59.20 to win.
Bell Blitz, a 3-year-old California-bred gelding by Bertrando, is owned by his breeder, Richard Bell and is trained by Tom Blincoe.
Saturday’s Pick Six will cover races six through 11. Special early first post time on Derby Day is 12 noon.