santa anita handicap

Chaney: If you don’t see that (Twirling Candy came in), you’re really not good at the analysis

The much-talked about steward’s decision that held the order of finish for this weekend’s Santa Anita Handicap was discussed Sunday morning by Breeders’ Cup Forum subject and steward Scott Chaney. Whether you agree with his point of view or not, there is no argument this is an engaging interview between the folks at HRTV and […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Stewarding The Big Cap

There is something Wizard of Oz-like about racing stewards. Like the Wizard, stewards are all powerful, possessing the ability to change the fortunes of horseplayers, jockeys, owners and trainers with a single judgment call. And like the Great Oz, they operate, figuratively speaking, behind a curtain, in a small room high above the racetrack, and […]

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Christine: A retired steward’s view of the Big ‘Cap

Retired steward Pete Pedersen, who had a controversial call of his own in the 1994 Santa Anita Handicap, sounded off on Saturday’s edition of Santa Anita’s biggest race. But despite having worked with steward Tom Ward in the past, Pedersen pulled no punches. “It wasn’t an easy call,” Pedersen said. “But I would have voted […]

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Scott on Santa Anita Handicap: Roller derby on hooves

Saying that Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap was “the closest a horse has come to being knocked off his feet in a major race since Scrappy T nearly took down Afleet Alex in the 2005 Preakness”, Jeff Scott gives his own perspective on how things went down in the Grade I race. He seems to believe […]

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An Indisputable Shade of Gray

True Confessions: I can’t say with 100% certainty that the stewards made the right call in Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap, where Game On Dude emerged as a gutsy and narrow winner after a very rough stretch run that could have been disastrous. I can’t say with 100% certainty that the stewards made the wrong call, […]

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Sutherland unfazed by post-race boos

Jockey Chantal Sutherland said she was having a “good time” Sunday enjoying her victory aboard Game On Dude in Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap.  Sutherland is the first female jockey to win the Big ‘Cap.  She insisted the chorus of boos that followed the stewards’ decision regarding an incident in the stretch did not diminish the […]

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Setsuko sustains leg injury in Big ‘Cap

Trainer Richard Mandella said Santa Anita Handicap runner-up Setsuko came out of the race with a left front leg injury.  Setsuko was bumped several times in the stretch by Twirling Candy. “He came out of the race with a cut on his left front leg,” Mandella said. “He’s got a lot of swelling in the […]

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Espinoza furious over Big ‘Cap ruling

Jockey Victor Espinoza did not mince words following the stewards’ decision to make no change to the Santa Anita Handicap’s order of finish.  Espinoza rode Setsuko, who was bumped by Twirling Candy after Twirling Candy and eventual winner Game On Dude collided in the stretch. The stewards ruled that because Twirling Candy initiated the contact, […]

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Game On Dude wins wild Big ‘Cap

Game On Dude prevailed in an unforgettable running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap Saturday. During the stretch run, Game On Dude, with Chantal Sutherland aboard, and odds-on favorite Twirling Candy collided.  Twirling Candy then pinballed into Setsuko.  Twirling Candy got the worst of the jostling while Setsuko and Game On Dude maintained […]

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Baffert quartet to take on Twirling Candy in Santa Anita Handicap

“Twirling Candy is a good horse, but it’s the Big Cap and you’ve got to give them a chance.” So said trainer Bob Baffert when confirming to Daily Racing Form that he plans to send out four starters against probably heavy favorite Twirling Candy in Saturday’s $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, a Grade 1 fixture run […]

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