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Crown of Thorns back in action

One was exhausted, one needed knee surgery, and another was plagued by bad feet.

The stakes winners M One Rifle, Crown of Thorns, and Chocolate Candy all had their 2010 campaigns end with disappointment. All three have left their trainers optimistic that those issues are behind them as they approach their first start of 2011 in Sunday’s $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita.

M One Rifle has not started since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park last July. In late 2009, he won the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes, giving trainer Bruce Headley, 77, his first win in that race. By last summer, M One Rifle was worn out, Headley said. Read More


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