ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2009) – After four one-day carryovers in the Pick Six during the first ten days of racing, Santa Anita will have a two-day carryover of $423,985 on Friday when the track offers free general admission. The combined Friday pool is expected to exceed $2 million and could approach $3 million.

With a pair of blowout winners paying $94.60 and $50.60 on Thursday, there were no winning tickets for a second successive day in the popular multiple-race wager that can result in enormous payoffs.

After Blame the Wine returned $9.40 in the third race, the opening leg of Thursday’s Pick Six, first-time starter Tavern, listed at 6-1 on the morning line, took the fourth and paid $50.60. The 3-year-old gelding provided newcomer Jordan Springer with her first riding victory at Santa Anita. It was her first mount at the meet. A 31-year-old product of upstate New York, she had ridden one horse during the recent Oak Tree meeting.

Joe Talamo followed by riding 46-1 shot Where’s Scarlet to victory in the fifth after the 3-year-old filly had been beaten by a combined 33 lengths in her two previous races. A surface change from synthetics to turf seemed to lead to the improvement that resulted in the $94.60 mutuel.

Favored Mud Sweat ‘n Tears captured the sixth at $7 before an even-money choice, Sugar Mint, won the $48,000 allowance feature to give Rafael Bejarano his third riding victory of the afternoon. Sugar Mint paid $4. The two-day carryover, nonetheless, was assured before 12-1 shot African Gray nabbed the eighth-race nightcap at $27.20 under jockey Clinton Potts.

Friday’s Pick Six begins with the third race on an eight-race program. First post is 1 p.m. The Pick Six is due to get underway at approximately 2 p.m.

Garrett Gomez, the nation’s leading jockey in purse earnings for the past three years, rides 2-1 favorite Pride in the third. Gomez has calls aboard two others horses in the Pick Six listed at 2-1, the shortest prices on the morning line in the Pick Six races. They are Tribal Deal in the sixth and Good Request in the seventh.