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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.
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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