ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2016)–There is a two-day Pick Six carryover into Saturday, Sunshine Millions Day, at Santa Anita of $176,972, and Saturday’s total Pick Six pool should approach $1 million.
With a carryover from Thursday of $32,552, there was $270,330 in “new money” wagered on Friday, creating a total Pick Six pool today of $302,882.
Friday’s nightcap, which had a field of nine maiden three year olds running 5 ½ furlongs, was taken by 8-1 longshot Gathering Evidence. A first time starter trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Flavien Prat, Gathering Evidence was one of only three “carryover eligible” horses, and paid $18.60 to win.
Saturday is Sunshine Millions/California Cup Day at Santa Anita and the track will present a 10-race program, with the Pick Six covering races five through 10. With five state-bred stakes offering a total of $1 million in purses Saturday, the Pick Six will begin with the $250,000 California Cup Derby, which is headed up by the undefeated 4-5 morning line favorite, Smokey Image.
A total of 56 horses are scheduled to run in Saturday’s Pick Six, an average of nine runners per race.
First post time is early on Saturday at 12 noon and admission gates will open at 10 a.m. Fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com for complete morning line information as well as late scratches and changes.