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.
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.