Setsuko

Can this year’s Big Cap top last year’s drama?

The Santa Anita Handicap had one of its most memorable and controversial runnings last year when three horses, Game On Dude, Setsuko and Twirling Candy, were under a steward’s inquiry that ultimately sided with Game On Dude. This gave jockey Chantal Sutherland the prestige of being the first female jockey to win the Grade I. […]

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Big ‘Cap: Sadler sees improvement for Gladding, Setsuko impresses with work

Gladding beat one horse in last year’s Santa Anita Handicap. John Sadler is optimistic that the gelded son of 2002 Belmont Stakes winner Sarava will show marked improvement when Santa Anita’s marquee race presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is contested on March 3. Gladding was in tight early in last year’s running, […]

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Game On Dude, Setsuko work for Santa Anita Handicap

Arcadia, CA – Santa Anita Handicap winner and Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Game On Dude worked five furlongs in company with Prayer for Relief in 59.60 on Santa Anita’s main track Friday morning. Prayer for Relief was clocked in 1:00.20. Bob Baffert was still considering a repeat appearance in the Grade I, $750,000 Big ‘Cap […]

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Hovdey: Plenty of good story lines in Pacific Classic

Despite the absence of Blind Luck in the field, this year’s Pacific Classic still enjoys an intriguing field of top California and non-California horses led by Twirling Candy. Setsuko, Game On Dude, Stately Victor and Bourbon Bay also look to contend in a wide open field of 11. Jay Hovdey talks with John Sadler and […]

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Hollywood Gold Cup day to feature Candy, Dudes and ESPN

Press Release Twirling Candy will seek the second Grade I victory of his career in the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Saturday at Hollywood Park. A Grade I at 1 ¼ miles over Cushion Track, the Gold Cup is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race. The Breeders’ Cup nominated winner of the Gold Cup […]

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With Acclamation out, Gold Cup pace in doubt

Trainer Don Warren said Tuesday that expected pacesetter Acclamation will skip Saturday’s $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup and make his next start on turf instead.  His defection leaves the Gold Cup with seven confirmed runners and a big question mark about who will set the pace. The field’s expected to include Twirling Candy, Game On Dude, […]

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Miss Match to take on boys in Hollywood Gold Cup

Argentine-bred Miss Match will make her first start against the boys in Saturday’s $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, the richest race of Hollywood Park’s spring-summer meet. The six-year-old mare captured the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Invitational at Santa Anita in March, finished fourth in the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park in April and was beaten three-quarters […]

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Twirling Candy, Setsuko face off in G2 Californian

Twirling Candy, who was last seen involved in the controversial stretch run of the Santa Anita Handicap, returns to racing Saturday in the Grade 2, $150,000 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park.  The Big Cap runner up, Setsuko, is also among the expected field of eight for the 1 1/8-mile race, which has traditionally been a […]

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Inherit the Gold turns around fortunes for breeder/owner

Inherit the Gold, who recently made headlines for ousting Setsuko from the Charles Town Classic, had won four races in a row prior to entering the $1,000,000 race in West Virginia. While he didn’t win, the success breeder/owner Jim Hooper has had with the four-year-old gelding has turned his fortunes around. “He deserves whatever he […]

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Setsuko may be bumped from Charles Town Classic

After much excitement was built to see Santa Anita Handicap rivals Game On Dude and Setsuko face off against each other, it appears Setsuko may be bumped from the field by Inherit the Gold who recently won the Grade III Excelsior Stakes. Because Setsuko does not have a graded stakes victory, the New York-bred Inherit […]

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