POMONA, Calif. (Sept. 18, 2006) - For the third consecutive day there were no winning tickets in the Pick Six at Fairplex Park, which resulted in a record-breaking three-day carryover of $988,445 heading into the Wednesday card.
Fairplex's Pick Six was the main focus at tracks and betting parlors across the country on Monday, as the card entered with a massive two-day carryover of $322,520. The Pick Six had an additional $1,201,636 bet into the pool on Monday for a grand total of $1,524,156, which easily crushed the previous record for a Pick Six pool of $910,150 set on Sept. 14, 2005.
In the day's featured $65,000 CTBA Marion Stakes, Mimi Guarneri went unchallenged on the lead, and was able to coast to an easy 1 1/4-length victory under David Flores.
"Going in, it looked like I wanted to stay off the pace," said Flores, who is the all-time leading stakes rider at Fairplex with 56 wins.
"I really didn't want to send this filly, but nobody wanted to go to the lead, so I just took it. And it was just an easy cruise. When we hit the second turn, there was still nobody pushing the pace, and she was so relaxed on the backside I knew it was over."
Mimi Guarneri covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.27 and returned $7, $4.40 and $2.10 as the second choice in the wagering. Mamita Chula was second and paid $5.40 and $2.10, while odds-on Meetmeinthewoods finished third and paid $2.10.
Mimi Guarneri is trained by Donald Warren, and is named after a heart doctor at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla. The Marion was the first career victory for the 3-year-old filly by In Excess.
Monday's Pick Six got off to a tough start for horseplayers when 20-1 outsider Absolutely a Tizzy ($42.40) connected in the first leg, which went off as the sixth race, followed by 16-1 shot Wild Vegas ($34.80) shortly thereafter in the seventh. Other winners were Bad Ad ($8.20), Just a Twitt ($6.40), Mimi Guarneri and Cot Ty ($21.80). There were seven consolation tickets that had five of six correct, each worth $40,158.60.
The highest all-time Pick Six payout at Fairplex was $416,435, which was awarded to one winning ticket on Sept. 29, 2002.
Racing at Fairplex Park resumes on Wednesday, which features the $65,000 Black Swan Stakes for 2 year-old fillies. Spenditallbaby, who is gunning for her third-straight win, is slated as the early 5-2 favorite on the morning line. Clinton Potts has the call.
First post for Wednesday's 11-race card is at 1 p.m.