PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $71,097 INTO FRIDAY, TOTAL SANTA ANITA POOL COULD REACH $500,000

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2012)—For the 14th time in 37 racing days, no one correctly tabbed all six winners in Santa Anita’s popular Pick Six wager, resulting in a carryover of $71,097 into Friday. With 3-5 favorite Matto Mondo finishing out of the money in race seven, the carryover was assured. It is expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool could reach $500,000.

Friday’s Pick Six will cover races three through eight, with the eight-race program getting underway at 1 p.m.

The shortest priced favorite on Jon White’s morning line is Candy and Thunder, who drew post position number three going 6 ½ furlongs in race four and is listed at even-money. A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Candy Ride, she takes what many handicappers consider to be the biggest class drop in racing, nose diving out of the maiden special weight ranks into a maiden $30,000 claimer in her 10th career start.

Candy and Thunder is trained by Doug O’Neill and she’ll be ridden by Martin Pedroza.

Friday’s seventh race is the $58,000 Silence is Golden Purse, which is a first condition allowance-optional claimer for older horses to be run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.

Starspangled Heat has been tabbed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in a field of seven. A 4-year-old California-bred gelding by Unusual Heat, he’s trained by Barry Abrams and will be ridden by Corey Nakatani. Starspangled Heat comes off a fourth-place finish, beaten 3 ½ lengths going a mile on turf on Feb. 18. He sports a 1-2-3 record from 12 lifetime starts.

First post time on Friday is 1 p.m. For complete entries and morning line information, visit www.santaanita.com.

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