16 April 2006

Show Pool Payoff Sets Record at Santa Anita: Bridgejumper Alert

'When Der Ali won Saturday's first race at Santa Anita, his $2 show payoff of $139.20 shattered a record that had stood for 68 years.

Playmay paid the former record of $104.60 on Feb. 4, 1938.

The show payoff on Der Ali, a 28-1 shot, was inflated when 1-5 favorite Denied finished fourth in the field of six after attracting 94.7% of the money wagered to show. The total show pool of $176,163 included $166,832 placed on the odds-on favorite.

Denied came into the 1 1/8-mile starter allowance event in search of his fourth straight victory, but dropped back around the far turn after closely pursuing pacesetter Der Ali and another horse. He was virtually eased in the final furlong, but still finished fourth and walked off the track under his own power. The 8-year-old gelding previously had finished worse than third only once in 18 races while winning nine.'

The winner paid 59.40 to win, 139.20 to show. The place horse paid 42.20 to show, and the third place horse paid 60.20 to show. Denied finished fourth over 15 lengths behind the third place finisher, at 20 cents to the dollar.

Today Santa Anita has a Pick Six Carryover of over $1 million. Too bad Canada doesn't have a common pool with California yet, or they might attract more bettors. The lawmakers sure are taking their time getting California and Florida common pooled, too bad, they might be able to introduce some online poker players if they sped things up.

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