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Twirling Candy Strolls in Strub

26 December 2010: Twirling Candy and Joel Rosario win the Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA
Twirling Candy tracked early leader Indian Firewater and took over without being asked to capture the Grade 2 Strub Stakes by an emphatic 4-1/2 lengths at Santa Anita Park on Feb 5th.

The popular choice returned $3 as the overwhelming 1-2 favorite in the field of seven. Joel Rosario booted home the winner for trainer John Sadler and The Craig Family Trust (Jenny Craig).

Indian Firewater took the field through fractions of :23.44, :46.53, and 1:09.95. At this point Twirling Candy hit his best stride, took command and won under a snug hold, stopping the clock in 1:46.63 for his nine furlong journey.

Tweebster, always well placed under Rafael Bejarano, could not match strides with the winner but was clearly best of the rest for Bob Baffert.

Make Music For Me nipped Indian Firewater for the show and was followed by Oilisblackgold, Honour The Deputy, and Do It All.

Twirling Candy is now the early favorite for the March 5 Santa Anita Handicap, and if today's race was any indication his Big Cap rivals could be in deep trouble.

At Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Giant Oak rallied to win the Grade 1 Donn. Which horse was more impressive in the handicap division, Giant Oak or Twirling Candy? Go to the HRN Power Rankings page for active horses to vote for your favorite. 



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Spectacular Bid would go 1:43.0 at 1 1/8 on that track. for that matter a 30k claimer will do 1:47.0. besides Hollywood in the 60s that's the fastest track ever.BTW now that "humphrey" is gone somebody has to push a button now and then. I actually like TC a lot could go far this year if he stays healthy
Twirling Candy is starting to build "freak" status imo.
Unbiased Canadians opinion. Twirling Candy is a great horse he could win on any track.
ha funny you say that. but twirling candy doesn't have to be on the engine to win. he can run off the pace, he ran 2nd this race and 4th against smiling tiger before taking the win.i guess everyone is running against weak fields to win.
Another California fluke running against weak fields. Come East and prove it.
He's good at SA but happens when he loses the 2 seconds given to him by the speedway when racing at another rack.
I love this horse! He is very telented :)
Talented horse for sure...
That was a very nice effort. He is definitely the Big Cap favorite and they won't beat him if he brings his A game.

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