Normally, the pool would carry into the following day, but since Santa Anita is offering a special “Luck” Pick Six in conjunction with Gulfstream Park on Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Day, the two-day carryover is being put on hold for a day.
With heightened interest on Sunday, a season high Pick Six pool in excess of $750,000 is expected on the sequence that will begin with the fourth race. First post is at 12:30 p.m.
With the ultra-consistent Unzip Me set to run in Sunday’s eighth-race feature, the $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes, she almost certainly will be a single on most all Pick Six tickets. Unzip Me has won 6 of 10 starts over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course and will be an odds-on favorite to add another victory.
The fourth race is quite another matter. Five of the six entrants are dropping in class in the $25,000 claimer at 6 ½ furlongs. Valkyrie Missile, on the outside with Joel Rosario, will be well supported, but the contest has the look of a spread event for players.
The fifth is a maiden claimer at 5 ½ furlongs with eight entrants. Our Last Monte has a pair of seconds and a third at the race’s $20,000 claiming level. Comebacking Joburg Star and My Slew will attract attention while dropping out of straight maiden events.
Players might consider at least a half-dozen of the 11 entrants in the contentious sixth, a second condition allowance race with an optional $62,500 claiming tag at one mile on turf. Surplus, Hurricane Lake, comebacking Dewey’s Special and Boxuer des Rues were victorious in their previous starts. Mega Heat, beaten by less than one length when fourth in last fall’s $150,000 California Cup Classic following three straight wins, returns from a freshening as the likely choice.
Eight maidens will contest the seventh. Zackn’mat, second in his last two tries, appears to be the best of those that have run. Top trainers Bob Baffert and Steve Asmussen will unveil a pair of expensive first-timers in Stirred Up and Verne, respectively.
After Unzip Me struts her stuff in the eighth with French-bred Givine appearing to be her foremost challenger, Sunday’s Pick Six will conclude with a $12,500 claimer for fillies and mares that attracted 10 entrants in a difficult race to analyze. Brooklyn Rose is dropping out of a troubled fourth in a $25,000 claimer for trainer Bob Hess. Russian Bayou is coming off a solid second at the level for trainer Kristin Mulhall with Rosario set to ride her back.