Trainer John Sadler took a spot part-way up the grandstand, trained his
binoculars on the two horses in the midst of a serious exercise over the main
track Sunday morning and communicated to the riders via a walkie-talkie.
“Steady, steady, not too fast,” he said as they came around the turn into
the stretch. “Perfect,” Sadler said as they crossed the finish line
Twirling Candy, with Joel Rosario up, went a half-mile in 48 flat on
Sadler’s stopwatch, 47 4/5 on that of clocker Steve Stute. Twirling Candy broke
off a length behind stablemate Domonation, eased up alongside turning into the
stretch and stayed there before galloping out past the wire five furlongs in
1:00 2/5. Domonation’s official time was :48.00 for four furlongs.
Jenny Craig and the other Twirling Candy owning partners, Will Farish and
Marty Wygod, plan to meet with Sadler soon for purposes of making a final
decision regarding Twirling Candy’s participation in the Pacific Classic on
Sunday, August 28.
Twirling Candy exited the track at around 7:30. About ninety minutes later
Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude, with Chantal Sutherland in the irons,
took the track for trainer Bob Baffert, going five-eighths in 1:00 3/5 with
track clockers noting splits of :26 and :48 4/5. Game On Dude gave stablemate
Awesome Patriot a four-length head start, but reportedly was pulling away from
his younger stablemate by the end of the work. Awesome Patriot’s official
clocking was 1:01.40 for five furlongs.
“He worked very nice,” Baffert said of Game On Dude. “He’s going in
the Pacific Classic.”
First Dude, winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 9 at Hollywood Park,
remains stabled at the Inglewood track.