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TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $353,248 ON SUPER SUNDAY WITH EARLY FIRST POST OF 11 A.M.; POOL COULD APPROACH $1.5 MILLION
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2012) – After two days of no winning tickets in the Pick Six, Santa Anita will offer a super two-day carryover of $353,248 into Sunday’s Pick Six when there will be an early post of 11 a.m. in deference to the late afternoon Super Bowl.
It is estimated that the pool will approach $1.5 million by the time wagering closes on the popular exotic.
With an abbreviated eight-race program on Super Sunday, the Pick Six sequence will commence with the third race scheduled to be run at 12 noon and conclude with the eighth at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Numerous players are bound to consider Sunday’s seventh race, the Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes at 1 1/8 miles, to be a “free square.” The San Antonio marks the return of defending Santa Anita Handicap champion Game On Dude, who has not raced since his second-place finish in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5.
Game On Dude is the 4-5 favorite in a field of six on oddsmaker Jon White’s morning line.
The first race in the Pick Six sequence, the third, is an allowance event at 6 ½ furlongs over the hillside turf course. Mint Humor is the 5-2 favorite, but 5 of his 7 rivals are listed at odds of 6-1 or less.
Briteness is the 2-1 choice among nine entrants in the fourth, a maiden special weight for California-bred 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs. The fifth, the Super Bowl Party Starter Handicap at seven furlongs, attracted 10 runners with Gatheratthealter a tepid 3-1 favorite.
Eight turf horses with compete in the contentious sixth, an allowance race at one mile on grass for fillies and mares. Celestial Kitten has been established as the 5-2 pick with Whisper Louise at 3-1. The last leg of the Pick Six brings together 12 maiden $20,000 claimers going six furlongs. Second in his last two starts against tougher, Meadow Road is tabbed as the 9-5 choice.
The two-day carryover was largely precipitated by longshot winners I’ll Have Another at 43-1 in Saturday’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds and Ultimate Eagle’s $17 upset in the Grade II Strub Stakes.