With the meet ending on Sunday, the winning pool in the Pick Six will be distributed to those with the most winners if nobody is able to correctly select all six.
Illustrative of the topsy-turvy afternoon Thursday was when Rafael Bejarano drove 7-1 shot Island Hop between horses to overtake pace-setter Sheza Maneater by a neck and end a seven-race losing streak when upsetting five rival fillies in the $50,576 allowance feature at one-mile over the track’s Pro-Ride synthetic surface.
Sheza Maneater, with Joel Rosario in the irons, held on for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Lemon Punch, ridden by Victor Espinoza.
Island Hop, who rallied from fourth for her victory, paid $17.80, $8.60 and $4.60. The prices on Sheza Maneater were $6.40 and $3.60. Lemon Punch paid $3.80 to show. She Floats, the 2-1 favorite, finished a non-threatening sixth.
It was only the second win in 18 career starts for Island Hop, trained by Julio Canani for owner and breeder Everest Stables. The winning purse of $29,400 boosted her career earnings to $87,270.
The Breeders’ Cup will offer Ultra Pick Six wagering on both Friday and Saturday, with the sequence beginning with the third race on Friday and the fourth on Saturday.
First post for Friday’s ladies day portion of the championship event is at 11:05 a.m.