I.B. Stormin schools in the paddock at Santa Anita Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009.
Here's a pretty filly I watched schooling Thursday morning for trainer Anthony Saavedra. I.B. Stormin is entered in the 4th race at Santa Anita today, a maiden claimer for 3-year-old fillies at 6 furlongs -- the second leg of today's Pick Six.
Santa Anita has a two-day carryover of $423,985, and the pick six pool is expected to well exceed $2 million today. The pick six begins with race 3 on the 8-race card. Garrett Gomez, the nation's leading jockey in purse earnings for the past three years, rides three in the pick six races.
A better-than-average crowd is expected on track today, as Santa Anita presents the second of its "Free Fridays." General admission is free, and there will be $1 hot dogs, beers, soft drinks and popcorn.