One of the announced key American hopes for the 2011 Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), Smiling Tiger was a game second in the Malibu Stakes (G1) on opening day at Santa Anita. Twirling Candy ran down the front-running third from the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and won in a final time of 1:19.70 for seven furlongs, breaking a course record set by Spectacular Bid in 1980. Historians beware,
however, as Sunday was the first day of a new dirt course making its
debut after several years of a synthetic surface. Rain soaked Los
Angeles for days in advance of the race and the drying surface provided
amazingly fast times all day...