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Five Tickets Each Score $407,550 In Saturday Del Mar Pick Six

Five winning tickets were worth $407,550 each Saturday at Del Mar from a Pick Six pool that drew more than $2.6-million in bets on the afternoon and totaled out at $3,243,860.

The Saturday 10-race card attracted 25,192 fans to the seaside track and many of them took a shot at a two-day Pick Six carryover that started at $619,482. They helped build the pot with a “new” money count of $2,624,378, leading to one of the larger Pick Six pools in Del Mar history.

The six-race sequence was led off by rider Edwin Maldonado’s tally aboard You Know I Know in the 5th Race at a $23 return. The 6th Race was taken by Joe Talamo on the grass aboard English Crossing ($18.20), while the 7th Race fell to the 2-year-old, first-time-starter Sunday Rules under Maldonado for a $12.40 payoff. The 8th Race, the $300,000, Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, saw Corey Nakatani steer Lady of Fifty home on top at $23.20. The 9th Race was captured by 10-pound apprentice rider Gonzalo Nicolas in his first Del Mar win aboard Chibita ($19) and the 10th Race finale had leading rider Rafael Bejarano clicking on favored Ethnic Dance at $5.80.

One of the winning Pick Six tickets was sold on-track, while another was sold in Los Angeles at the Betfair Hollywood Park satellite. A third ticket was bought at Gulfstream Park in Florida, while a fourth was purchased at Emerald Downs racetrack near Seattle, WA. The final ticket was sold in Ontario, Canada.

Bejarano now has 21 wins to lead the riding corps after 14 days of the session. John Sadler, who won three races on the Saturday program, leads the trainers’ list with 14 firsts.

Handle for the afternoon was $20,118,299, the highest thus far at the meeting.

Racing resumes at Del Mar on Sunday with first post at 2 p.m.

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