Twirling Candy

Gift Box May Skip World Cups, Stay Home For Santa Anita Handicap

Gift Box, who worked four furlongs Friday in 49.20, “might stay here” for the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, trainer John Sadler said Saturday morning. The 6-year-old gray son of Twirling Candy won the Big ‘Cap by a nose last April but also has been listed as under consideration for the […]

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Sham Stakes Set To Kick Off California’s 2020 Road To The Triple Crown

California’s road to the 2020 Triple Crown begins Saturday at Santa Anita with the running of the Grade 3 Sham Stakes, a mile test for youngsters that just turned 3 years old and offering 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, four to the runner-up, two to the third-place finisher and one to the […]

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Gift Box Returns For Easy Repeat In San Antonio

Hronis Racing’s Gift Box, unraced since finishing fourth in June’s G1 Stephen Foster, returned on Saturday to be the post-time favorite in Santa Anita’s Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes. The 6-year-old by Twirling Candy won the race last year en route to victory in the G1 Santa Anita Handicap, and Gift Box made it clear […]

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Fore Left Does It All Right In Sunny Slope Stakes

Reddam Racing’s Fore Left relished a return to sprinting as he rocketed from the gate and was all heart late in holding off stablemate Strongconstitution to take Sunday’s $70,000 Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Fore Left, a Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Candy, got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.54. Seventh, beaten […]

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‘Not Much Left For Her To Do’: Morticia Retires A Millionaire

G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Morticia closed the book on a stellar career Friday afternoon with a runner-up effort to Oleksandra (AUS) in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) at Keeneland. “I’m pretty sure that’s it. There’s not much left for her to do and I think now she will go to the farm where she […]

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Twirling Candy, Kitten’s Joy See Biggest Jumps In Average At Keeneland September Sale

In addition to being a top-to-bottom test of the Thoroughbred market’s stability, the Keeneland September Yearling Sale also provides a solid snapshot of which stallions’ stocks are going up and whose are plummeting. Running parallel to his ascension on the racetrack, the sire who took the biggest step forward at this year’s September sale was […]

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Morticia Caps Arnold’s Big Day With Ladies Sprint Triumph

What will likely go down as the penultimate start of Morticia’s race career is also a leading candidate to stand as the most impressive outing the 5-year-old mare has ever uncorked. Always consistent and never off the board on the turf in her home state of Kentucky, Morticia earned her second career graded stakes victory […]

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Hairline Fracture Sidelines Concrete Rose For Remainder Of 2019 Season

Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing’s Concrete Rose will miss the remainder of the 2019 season due to a hairline fracture in her right foreleg. The Rusty Arnold-trained daughter of Twirling Candy was training towards a start in the $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks Invitational, final leg of the Turf Tiara, following wins in the first two […]

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Collusion Illusion Trumps Wrecking Crew In Del Mar’s Best Pal

In just the second start of his career, the bay colt Collusion Illusion raced to a $17.40 upset over five rivals in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes for 2-year-olds Saturday at Del Mar. The winner clicked by a length and a quarter under rider Joe Talamo. Finishing second in the six-furlong headliner carrying a […]

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Concrete Rose Has It All Her Way In Inaugural Saratoga Oaks

Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing’s Concrete Rose continued to dominate her division with a front-running performance in Friday’s first running of the $750,000 Saratoga Oaks, crossing the wire at 4 3/4 lengths clear of her nearest rival. The 3-year-old daughter of Twirling Candy set a mild pace and easily put away her four challengers in […]

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