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Twirling Candy Nips Smiling Tiger in Malibu

Twirling Candy broke Spectacular Bid’s 30-year-old track record for seven furlongs with a nose victory in Sunday’s $250,000 Malibu Stakes on the first card run on the new dirt track at Santa Anita.

Twirling Candy won the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes by the narrowest of margins over Smiling Tiger, finishing in 1:19.70. Spectacular Bid was timed in 1:20 when he won the same race in 1980.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Twirling Candy stalked the pace for the first half-mile in the Malibu and caught Smiling Tiger in the final sixteenth. Caracortado finished third in the field of 11. Noble’s Promise, the 3-1 favorite, could only finish fifth.

Twirling Candy’s time was the second track record set on Sunday’s opening day program. Earlier, The Factor ran six furlongs in 1:06.98 in a maiden race for 2-year-olds, lowering the previous mark of 1:07.20 set by Sunny Blossom in 1989.
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Just keep watchin' Twirling Candy is a FREAK
race was full of layoffs and top to bottom contention NOT to mention a brand new, as of yet,. unkown surface.
there were 7 legitimate horses and he ws one of them. I got a little lucky with twirling candy.but Caracortado beat me out of a nice tri by a head I played 20 times with Noble's for 3rd.caught the ex tho no matter which one wins
Am I alone in thinking had Caracortado got a better trip he might've won this race?
When I was in England, the Racing Post had a great article about a new course that was having its first meeting (Great Leighs) and the writer warned all who played it to give it a year to, as he called it, "bed in", or establish a stable energy requirment for the horses....Very good advice before drawing any conclusions.
Got to love the grandstanders who have JUST enough information to be dangerous...as Goethe says: |There is nothing more dangerous than ignormance in action."
During the transition between Cushion and the first influx of Pro Ride, the track was so ridiculous that a nag ran 6 panels in 1:06 and change but you won't see that up there as a track record either....Run on pavement, (the old Bowie 6 furlong record was created on a frozen course) and tell me that the course does not dictate the time MUCH MORE than the animal running over it.
i GOT THE MONEY SO CALL IT WHAT YOU WILL THAT WAS A "GIMME"
rookies need to have enough seasoning to understand that TRACK SURFACE (look at Turf Paradise and old Longacres world records) as playing a huge factor in track records,,,,,As Hereclitus stated about change "You can never step in the same river twice."
hump-free.... you miserable old curmudgeon. the author was simply stating a fact.... there is now a new track record. he was in no way trying to compare the two horses. stop criticizing and complaining when someone simply states a fact.
These two, the former track record holder and the new one, DID not run over the same track....Can't compare them straight up.

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