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Sadler Happy With Twirling Candy's Draw

Post position is neither irrelevant nor crucial in a 1 ¼-mile race with more than a quarter-mile run to the first turn like Sunday’s Grade I,  $1 million TVG Pacific Classic.


But the smiles and gestures from the table occupied by the connections of Twirling Candy were a tipoff to their pleasure and relief when the 5-2 morning line favorite drew No. 10 at Wednesday evening’s post position draw at the Rancho Valencia Resort.


“We were very happy,” trainer John Sadler said Thursday morning. “If you go back and look he was No. 1 in The Californian and the Hollywood Gold Cup and toward the inside (No. 5) in the Big Cap. So he hasn’t had a good draw in quite awhile.


“We wanted to get an outside post so he can pick wherever he wants to be and not get in trouble. You have a long run to the first turn and you can get a good position from the outside post.”


Bracketing Twirling Candy and jockey Joel Rosario are Game On Dude and Chantal Sutherland, second choice in the morning line at 3-1 in post position No. 9, and 20-1 Quindici Man with Martin Garcia, a come-from-behind type, at No. 11.  The scratch from the Classic on Thursday morning of Bourbon Bay, who drew the No. 8 post, will mean the outside three will each move one space inside from their draw number. Bourbon Bay was automatically scratched when he was entered in Sunday’s $200,000 Del Mar Handicap.


Game On Dude has outfinished Twirling Candy when the two raced in relatively close proximity through the early stages of both the Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup.


Game On Dude rallied from third at the half-mile mark for a nose victory in the Big ‘Cap, while Twirling Candy faded to fifth after being bumped in midstretch. Game On Dude came back after being headed in the stretch by Twirling Candy and missed by a nose to stablemate First Dude in the Gold Cup . Twirling Candy was third, beaten only a neck.


“It’s a good draw for us because Game On Dude will go on, Quindici Man will drop back and we should be able to move (in) and get a trip,” Sadler said.


The lineup, from the rail out is:


Don Cavallo (Luis Contreras, 8-1), Jeranimo (Martin Pedroza, 12-1), Stately Victor (Mike Smith, 20-1), Tres Borrachos (Rafael Bejarano, 6-1), Acclamation (Patrick Valenzuela, 5-1), Setsuko (Victor Espinoza, 8-1), Great Warrior (Omar Berrio, 50-1), Bourbon Bay (Joe Talamo, 20-1, scratched), Game On Dude (Chantal Sutherland, 3-1), Twirling Candy (Joel Rosario, 5-2), and Quindici Man (Martin Garcia, 20-1).

 

 

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The only way this horse gets 1 1/4 mile is behind someone else, Game On Dude, Don Cavallo.

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