Jockey Martin Pedroza notched his fifth win of the afternoon as he guided 14-1 outsider General Fox to a one-length victory in Friday's $47,400 allowance feature at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.
Pedroza's victory aboard General Fox put an exclamation point behind yet another surprise winner in what has been a weeklong string of longshots.
With a two-day carryover of $366,827, Friday's Pick Six had an additional $1,380,860 bet into it and saw the total pool swell to $1,754,887.
Friday was no more predictable than the preceding two days. There were no winning favorites throughout the Pick Six races, and just two winners that failed to post double-digit payoffs. The result was three winning tickets in the Pick Six, which each returned a monstrous $377,845.20.
The one thing that was formful on Friday was Pedroza, who won aboard five of his six mounts. In fact, the only race he rode in and didn't win was the fourth, when he was unseated from R.H Perfect Storm at the top of the stretch. It didn't seem to slow Pedroza down much. He hopped up after the spill and returned to win the next three races.
"For me not to ride, I gotta break something or not be able to walk" Pedroza said. "I've been blessed, and I just thank the good Lord."
In the featured seventh race, General Fox sped to the early lead and kicked clear turning for home. Pedroza lost his whip in midstretch, but General Fox was able to hold the lead under strong handling the rest of the way to the wire.
General Fox, trained by Ruben Cardenas, completed the mile on firm turf in 1:35.40 and returned $30.80, $13.80 and $7.40. Tinquilco held second and paid $11.20 and $6, while favored Rhythm King got up for third and paid $3.
Other winners in the Pick Six, which was carded as races three through eight, were: Sandra Rose ($10.80), Candi Capri ($13.60), Kewen ($23.60), Well Struck ($9.40) and Devoted to You ($7.20).
With two days of racing left at Oak Tree, the hot-riding Pedroza is second among the jockeys' standings with 31 wins, 10 behind leader Garrett Gomez.