A victory by longshot Ladylore in the Melair Stakes, the first leg of Sunday's pick six at Hollywood Park, paved the way for a pick six carryover of $683,636 heading into Wednesday's card. Track officials estimate the pot for Wednesday's pick six wager could approach $3 million.
Laffit Pincay Jr. guided Ladylore to victory in the $200,000 Melair. The daughter of Video Ranger paid $65.40 for the win. The last three legs of Sunday's pick six, with a guaranteed pot of $1 million on Cal Fed California Gold Rush day at the track, also resulted in double-digit win mutuels. Cal Fed Snow Chief Stakes winner Calkins Road paid $10.60, Affairintheforest returned $50.40 for his win in the seven furlong Big Jag Stakes, and Bear Fan paid $23.60 in the Gourmet Girl Stakes.
Sunday was the 12th occasion the track has offered a guaranteed $1 million pick six and just the second time there was a carryover following the incentive. Last July, a carryover of $691,095 resulted in a $3.5 million pool of the ensuing card.
Wednesday's program begins at 1:15 p.m., with the pick six kicking off with race three.
In the $250,000 Snow Chief, Calkins Road came from off the pace to win by a head over Menacing Dennis. Hall of Fame jockey Pincay raised his record career victories total to 9,344.
Calkins Road wore down Menacing Dennis in the final furlong to earn $150,000 and increase his career winnings to $202,980. Calkins Road covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.07. Highly Suspect, ridden by Chris McCarron at 115 pounds, was third. Gobi Dan, the 5-2 favorite, finished fourth.
Calkins Road made just his fifth start for Thomas Shapiro and his wife, Deborah. Shapiro's grandfather owned Native Diver, who won the Hollywood Gold Cup three years in a row in the mid-'60s.
Victor Espinoza, at 114 pounds, rode three consecutive winners earlier on the card but could not keep Menacing Dennis focused during the stretch drive.
One of Espinoza's winners Sunday was Golden Eagle Farm's Favorite Funtime, who won the $150,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes. Golden Eagle Farm's founder John C. Mabee died Thursday.