ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2009)—The 41st Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting got off to a solid start Wednesday, as an on-track crowd of 17,239 turned out for a nine-race card highlighted by the Gr. III, $100,000 Morvich Handicap and to collect Oak Tree’s 23rd collectors’ edition stein.

Wednesday’s Pick Six, which covered races four through nine, went off the rails in race nine, as longshot Spartan Jet and Agapito Delgadillo prevailed at $157.60, producing a carryover into Thursday of $87,781.

Wednesday’s Morvich went to defending champion California Flag, with Joe Talamo up. California Flag, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Avenue of Flags, won wire-to-wire for owner/breeder Keith Card’s Hi Card Ranch. He’s trained by Brian Koriner.

Thursday’s Pick Six will encompass races three through nine. First post time is

1 p.m. General Admission is $5 and Club House admission is $10 on all racing days, excepting the two-day Breeders’ Cup Nov. 6 & 7.