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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Twirling Candy Faces Older in Goodwood

In the Goodwood, Twirling Candy will try to become the third 3-year-old in the last four years – joining Tiago (2007) and Gitano Hernando (2009) - to win the race. It will be contested at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track.

Owned by breeder Jenny Craig’s Craig Family Trust and trained by Sadler, the Candy Ride colt out of the Chester House mare House of Danzing comes off two turf victories at Del Mar.

The most recent was a controversial score in the Del Mar Derby on Sept. 5. Twirling Candy had to survive a stewards’ inquiry after an incident where he ducked out sharply while on the lead during the backstretch run.

Before his pair of grass victories, Twirling Candy had won twice on the Hollywood Park main. He defeated maidens in his debut last Nov. 14, then made his first start as a 3-year-old with a stylish 7 ¾ length win in an optional claimer going 6 ½ furlongs on May 29. He has earned $294,900.

A little more than one month removed from his second consecutive triumph in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, Richard’s Kid will make only his second start at Hollywood Park.

Owned by Zabeel Racing International Corporation and trained by Baffert, the 5-year-old Lemon Drop Kid horse and the Broad Brush mare Tough Broad was third in the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 10.

The Maryland bred has eight wins in 26 races and has banked $1,566,370. Baffert’s only Goodwood victory came with Silver Charm in 1998.

The field also includes Awesome Gem, the upset winner of this year’s Hollywood Gold Cup, Pacific Classic runner-up Crowded House, Crown of Thorns, second behind El Brujo in the Pat O’Brien on Aug. 28 at Del Mar, Informed and Dakota Phone.

A half-length winner over heavily favored Rail Trip in the Gold Cup, Awesome Gem has won seven of 37 and earned $2,274,682 for West Point Thoroughbreds and trainer Craig Dollase.

Although he has only won two of 15, Crowded House is nearly a millionaire, having earned $989,452. The 4-year-old Rainbow Quest colt and the Woodman mare Wiener Wald is owned by a partnership that includes Carmen Burrell and J. Paul Reddam and trained by Ben Cecil.

Crown of Thorns, who has been runner-up in three consecutive Grade 1’s around a single turn, is looking for his third win in his eighth starts. The 5-year-old Repent horse out of the Thunder Gulch mare Crowning Touch is owned by Spendthrift Farm LLC and trained by Richard Mandella.

In his only start beyond seven furlongs, Crown of Thorns won the 2008 Robert B. Lewis going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Santa Anita.

Third or better in his last four starts for owners John Carver, Halo Farms and George Todaro, Dakota Phone has earned five of 30 and banked $703,810. Informed has six wins in 25 tries while earning $511,149. Three of his victories have come at Hollywood Park.

From inside out, the field for the 29th Goodwood: Informed, Joe Talamo rides, 124 pounds; Crown of Thorns, Rafael Bejarano, 124; Dakota Phone, Patrick Valenzuela, 124; Crowded House, Corey Nakatani, 124; Twirling Candy, Mike Smith, 120; Awesome Gem, David Flores, 124 and Richard’s Kid, Alonso Quinonez, 124.



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