For the 17th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita's popular 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot remained elusive on Friday, creating a Single Ticket Jackpot carryover of $817,542 into Saturday.
With an 11-race card on the docket, first post time on Saturday is early, at 12 noon. The Rainbow Six will be comprised of races six through 11 and approximate post time for the sixth is at 2:39 p.m. PT.
With a Jackpot carryover of $769,417 up for grabs on Friday, $210,209 in “new money” was wagered, creating a total pool of $979,626. There were eight tickets with six winners, each worth $14,036.
Saturday's main event, the Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes, has attracted a field of 14 fillies and mares three and up at one mile on turf and will be run as the 10th race. Trainer Neil Drysdale's Toinette has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite.
Admission gates will open on Saturday at 10 a.m. For additional information, please visit Santa Anita's 'Live Racing' page, or call (626) 574-RACE.
Some early morning advice paid a healthy dividend for jockey Mario Gutierrez late Friday afternoon, as the 32-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, guided longshot Markie's Water to a one length win in the day's $53,000 allowance feature. A 4-year-old California-bred colt by Tribal Rule, Markie's Water, who is trained by Richard Baltas, got a mile and one quarter on turf in 1:59.46.
Allowed to amble along under a long hold while fourth down the hillside and into the clubhouse turn, Markie's Water moved to third position around the far turn, engaged favored Well Developed at the top of the lane and despite the fact it appeared Well Developed had carved out a comfortable pace, he was no match for the winner when it counted.
“I talked to Billy (Koch, with co-owner, Little Red Feather Racing) this morning and he told me to watch a couple of this horse's races,” said Gutierrez, who was aboard for the first time on Friday. “I'm glad I did, because I could see that he prefers to run outside of horses, especially turning for home and that's what we did. We had a perfect trip.”
Off at 8-1 in a field of seven 3-year-olds and up, Markie's Water paid $18.20, $8.20 and $5.00.
A 4-year-old California-bred colt by Tribal Rule out of the Stravinsky mare Russian River, Markie's Water is owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Norman Tavares. With the winner's share of $41,340, which includes a Cal-bred incentive bonus of $9,540, he boosted his earnings to $252,612. A first condition allowance winner two starts back, Markie's Water now has four wins from 13 starts.
Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Well Developed carved out fractions of 23.83, 48.39, 1:13.12 and 1:36.76. Off as the 2-1 favorite, he finished 1 ¼ lengths clear of Accountability and paid $4.00 and $3.20.
Accountability, who was ridden by Tiago Pereira, was off at 7-1 and paid $4.20 to show.
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