Three winners split record pick six pool

ARCADIA, Calif. -- The three winning tickets worth $1,567,984 each from Santa Anita's pick six on Wednesday were cashed on Thursday and ranged in cost from $64 to $2,160. The $64 ticket was purchased through the New York OTB network. A winning $288 ticket was purchased at Viejas Casino in Alpine, Calif., near San Diego. It was cashed on Thursday afternoon by a nine-person partnership, according to Santa Anita officials. The $2,160 ticket was cashed Thursday at Churhill Downs Trackside in Louisville, Ky., Santa Anita officials said. Interest in the pick six reached a fever pitch on Wednesday after a three-day carryover from Friday through Sunday reached $1,413,136. The gross pool of $7,302,848 was a record. The payoff could have been $4,703,953.80 to a single winner if 75-1 Flying Kegan had not broken down in deep stretch of the eighth race. Flying Kegan was leading and appeared to be on his way to a win when he was fatally injured. Track officials said there would have been one winning ticket if Flying Kegan had won. None of the eventual winning tickets cashed Thursday included Flying Kegan. The New York ticket had two singles, and two horses in the last race. The ticket purchased at Viejas had one single (River Lights in the third race), used two horses in two races, three horses in two races, and went four deep in the second leg. The ticket used three horses in the eighth race. The ticket cashed at Churhill Downs Trackside used three horses in the last race. The consolation returned $3,169.20. Bettors added $5,889,712 to Wednesday's pick six, creating a record gross pool. The previous record for a gross pool was $6,657,311, set at Santa Anita on Jan. 23, 1991. The winning horses in Wednesday's pick six were River Lights ($7.60), Deputy Tombe ($20), Rave Party ($5.20), Ditch Digger ($4.20), Ran for the Dough ($24.40), and Houston Astro ($66.20). Rave Party and Ditch Digger were favorites. Paddy Gallagher trained two of the winners - Deputy Tombe and Ran for the Dough - and said he had a pick six ticket with five winners. The winning payoff was not a Santa Anita record. The record of $2,687,611 was set on Breeders' Cup Day last October. Interest in the pick six led to an all-sources handle on the Wednesday card of $15,252,590, the fourth-highest handle of the meeting. The carryover may not have come at a good time for Santa Anita. On Saturday, the track is offering a guaranteed pick six pool of $1 million in conjunction with the Santa Anita Handicap program. Bettors might not have the bankrolls to challenge two lucrative pick six pools in the same week. Saturday's pick six covers the sixth through 11th races, including the day's three stakes - the $200,000 San Rafael Stakes, $350,000 Kilroe Mile, and the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.

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