santa anita handicap

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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HRI – Christine: Santa Anita needs Twirling Candy

It’s been a while since a horse of champion status or Breeders’ Cup prowess has won the Santa Anita Handicap. Tiznow was the last Horse of the Year to win and that was the year after he received racing’s top prize. Dakota Phone won a Breeders’ Cup race, but not the Classic and he didn’t […]

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Sadler: Twirling Candy all set for Big ‘Cap

Press Release Twirling Candy, an emerging star in the handicap ranks, worked seven furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Sunday for next Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo& Casino. Under regular rider Joel Rosario, who needs eight more stakes wins this meet to set a Santa Anita record, […]

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Switch seeks second G1 in Santa Monica Handicap

The John Sadler trainee Switch will go for her second Grade 1 victory Sunday in the 54th running of the Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita Park. Switch is coming off a win on opening day of the winter meet, December 26.  She won the Grade 1 La Brea, also contested at seven furlongs.

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you KBC Horse Supplies

There have been concerns all week about a possible storm hitting Southern California on Santa Anita Handicap day, but the current forecast calls for only light rain in late afternoon and on Saturday night, so the Big ‘Cap show will go on without the threat of cancellation due to drainage problems on the synthetic […]

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EDWIN ANTHONY’S PEDIGREE REPORT: ESKENDEREYA

The Paulick Report is pleased to once again offer the pedigree insights of Edwin Anthony in the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby. Ed has lifelong experience in the Thoroughbred industry, has practical experience planning matings for his family’s stable and formerly as a pedigree adviser to Three Chimneys Farm. His perspective is straightforward […]

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