ARCADIA, Calif. -- A three-day pick six carryover of $1,269,223, the largest of the winter-spring meeting, will be the focus of Monday's 10-race program at Santa Anita.
The pick six has not been hit since Thursday. Sunday, the bet proved impossible to solve after favorites were beaten in the first five races.
The program begins at 12:30 p.m. Pacific. The first pick six race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.
The first leg is an optional claimer over a mile on turf. Ainamaa, unraced since winning an optional claimer last May, has drawn the rail, and must beat Siamese Cat, who was recently transferred from trainer Graham Motion to Gary Mandella. Exclusive Danielle and Silver Moonshine are threats from the front, while Red State Rules is a danger from off the pace.
Norway House, who starts from the rail, will be favored in the sixth race, a $10,000 claimer over 1 1/16 miles. He finished second at this level on Jan. 26. None of the eight entrants won their last start. The Rye Man, a three-time winner last year, will be closing. The early leader may be Quiet Period, who finished fourth behind Norway House on Jan. 26 after leading by as many as six lengths early.
There are 13 entrants in the seventh race, a maiden claimer for 3-year-olds over 6 1/2 furlongs. True Suggestion, third and fourth in his first two starts, is the 7-2 favorite on the morning line. The race is without a standout. Classy Attraction will be part of the early pace, but may not be effective at 6 1/2 furlongs.
The $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap for fillies and mares over a mile on turf is the day's feature race. The field of nine includes Black Mamba, who has been second or third in her last four stakes appearances; Trick's Pic and I Can See, the first two finishers of the Tuzla Handicap last month; and Alexandra Rose, the winner of the Grade 3 Monrovia Handicap on the hillside turf course on Jan. 1.
The ninth race is a maiden race for 3-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles that has drawn 12 entrants. Tiz Now Tiz Then, well-regarded by trainer Eoin Harty, but winless in four starts, starts from post 2. He must beat Medjool, sixth in the California Derby on Jan. 27; Catasaire, who makes his first start on a synthetic track after four losses on turf; and Thrust, a well-bred first-time starter trained by Neil Drysdale.
The final race is a one-mile turf race for $40,000 claimers. Six Cents of Humor is scratched. Royal Prana, trained by Mike Machowsky, will be closing from off the pace. Britney Heat is drawn wide, but has run well in recent starts.
There is also a carryover of $86,043 in the $1 Super High Five, which requires bettors to correctly select the first five finishers of the last race.