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Breeders' Cup Pick Six bettor earns $773,865 from online wager [Updated]



Jaycito, ridden by Joseph Talamo (R#5) takes the early lead ahead of Martin Guiterrez riding Commander (2/R#11) in the Breeder's Cup Marathon race at Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia, California.



Jockey Aaron Gryder cools off his horse after riding Calidoscopio to victory in the Breeder's Cup Marathon race at the Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia, California, on November 2, 2012



Christopher Lemaire rides Flotilla to victory in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile Filies Turf Grade 1 race at Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia, California, on November 2, 2012.

The Breeders' Cup World Championships - Day 1

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Actor Dick Van Patten (L) and reality TV personality Josie Goldberg attend The Breeders' Cup World Championships on November 2, 2012 in Arcadia, California.

One bettor successfully selected all of the winning horses in Friday's Breeders' Cup Pick Six which will result in a $773,865 payday.

The owner of the ticket, purchased through the online site Xpress Bet, has yet to be identified, reports the Associated Press.

Picking all six winners on Day 1 of the annual two-day spectacle was particularly difficult because several of the winners were long shots.

On-track attendance of the first day of the Breeders Cup at Arcadia's Santa Anita Park was 34,619.

The wagering total of Friday's races was $47,586,765, a dip from Friday's total of $50,053,505 gambled last year, which some are blaming on the inability of some would-be East Coast off-track bettors from participating due to super storm Sandy.

[Update 1:48 p.m.: Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will attend the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park today during Day 2 of the Cup and will join in honoring the winner of the race at approximately 5:30 p.m.] 


Pony express: Why you may see a horse riding Metrolink

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A Metrolink train car has been saddled with a vinyl display-wrap of six thoroughbred horses, in a race to get the word out about the Breeders’ Cup return to Santa Anita Park.

The race car represents a Metrolink partnership with the Breeders' Cup to promote the event and encourage public transportation to the track on Nov. 2 and 3.

The pony express promo can currently be spotted trotting the San Bernardino, Orange County, and Burbank-Bob Hope Airport lines. For related schedules and connections, Metrolink says check back after October 10.

For additional track-to-track action, The Source points out that Metrolink connects with Metro Rail at Union Station, and that a number of Metrolink stations are also served by Metro buses.




HBO won't press its 'Luck,' cancels racing drama after third horse death

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HBO has canceled its Dustin Hoffman / Nick Nolte dramatic series "Luck" after the deaths of three horses during production at Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. The most recent accident occurred on Tuesday.

The network, which ordered a second season of shows immediately following the season one premiere, intends to air the remainder of the first season, but production has been shut down for good.

Executive produced by David Milch and Michael Mann, "Luck" was slow to catch ratings, and was criticized for its storytelling pace, says the L.A. Times. Fans, they say, praised the show for its "artistry." 

The official HBO statement via Deadline:

It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series Luck.

Safety is always of paramount concern.  We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures.  While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future.  Accordingly, we have reached this difficult decision.

We are immensely proud of this series, the writing, the acting, the filmmaking, the celebration of the culture of horses, and everyone involved in its creation.

Quote from Michael Mann and David Milch:  “The two of us loved this series, loved the cast, crew and writers.  This has been a tremendous collaboration and one that we plan to continue in the future.”


Third horse dies at Santa Anita while filming HBO show 'Luck'

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HBO suspended its filming of horses following the third death at Santa Anita Racetrack in connection with the dramatic series "Luck."

A horse was euthanized at the track on Tuesday after the animal reared and fell back, suffering a head injury, NBC LA reports. The horse was being led to a racetrack stable  when it accident occurred, according to HBO.

"Luck," a Dustin Hoffman-starring production in its second season, was already the focus of a PETA complaint. The organization says it sent a notification to local law enforcement to investigate the deaths of two other horses that were hurt in racing scenes and euthanized during the first season of filming in 2010-2011.

Though this week's accident did not occur during filming or racing, The American Humane Association insisted in a statement that a stoppage in the filming of horses, "remain in full effect pending a complete, thorough, and comprehensive investigation."