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Pick Six Hit For $239,333 At Golden Gate Fields
The Pick Six, which had dodged handicappers for seven consecutive racing programs at Golden Gate Fields, was hit Friday to the tune of $239,333.60.
A bettor must correctly select the winners of six consecutive designated races in order to hit the Pick Six, which costs a minimum of $2 to play. The feat hadn’t been accomplished at Golden Gate Fields since Oct. 28, setting up a very attractive Pick Six carryover of $335,167 into Friday’s card.
Handicappers pumped $716,631 into the Pick Six pool Friday and from that impressive total emerged three perfect tickets that had the winners of races three through eight – Courtside Action ($5.60), Michael the Man ($8.20), Jessie’s Knockout ($15.00), Mattie Blue ($7.20), Decarzia ($21.20), and Melanzana ($8.60). Courtside Action was the lone winning favorite in the Pick Six sequence.
There were 114 tickets with five of the six winners and each was good for a consolation payoff of $1,439.40.
There would have been a carryover of $718,001 into Saturday’s card had either Steppinginthelight or Road to the Pulpit won the eighth race Friday as there were no tickets “alive” to those runners. Steppinginthelight finished fifth at 10-to-1 odds and Road to the Pulpit sixth at 19-to-1.
Sheer Talent Favored In Golden Nugget -- Sheer Talent, who broke his maiden at first asking and then finished sixth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity, is a 9-to-5 favorite on the morning line in Saturday’s $50,000-added Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Golden Nugget, a six-furlong contest for 2-year-olds, is the featured eighth race on a nine-race program. Post time is 12:45 p.m.
Sheer Talent made his debut on July 30 at Del Mar and scored an 18-to-1 upset in a six-furlong maiden allowance race. Finishing eighth in that race was Drill, who broke his maiden in his next outing and then captured the Del Mar Futurity.
Sheer Talent’s sixth-place finish in the seven-furlong Del Mar Futurity wasn’t bad considering he was beaten just 3 1/4 lengths by Drill and was making only his second career start. Sheer Talent is trained by Dan Hendricks and will be ridden in the Golden Nugget by Southern California-based jockey Brice Blanc.
The field for the Golden Nugget, in post position order, is as follows: Johnny Be Mine, Russell Baze rides, 3-to-1; Sheet Talent, Blanc, 9-to-5; Blue Collar Boy, Frank Alvarado, 20-to-1; Squid, David Lopez, 10-to-1; Coach Sickie, Alonso Quinonez, 4-to-1; Passing Game, Kevin Krigger, 20-to-1; Russian Greek, Inoel Beato, 15-to-1; Chips All In, Aaron Gryder, 5-to-1; and Marshal Marini, Abel Cedillo, 12-to-1. All of the starters will carry 119 pounds.