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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Twirling Candy straight to Cup

By Steve Andersen
Daily Racing Form



ARCADIA, Calif. -- Twirling Candy, one of the top older horses in California this year, will make his next start in a Breeders' Cup race at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 after missing training earlier this month because of a bruised foot, trainer John Sadler said on Friday.

Twirling Candy was not nominated for the $250,000 Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita next Saturday. Earlier this month, Sadler mentioned the Grade 1 Goodwood as an early autumn goal for Twirling Candy.

Twirling Candy is scheduled to have his first workout since late August at Santa Anita on Sunday. Friday, Sadler downplayed the recent foot problem, saying that Twirling Candy "missed some time" but has been in regular training in recent days.

"He's been galloping all week," Sadler said.

A decision on whether Twirling Candy starts in the BC Classic or Dirt Mile will be made in the days leading up to the event.

"He's always run extremely well fresh," Sadler said.

Owned by a partnership that includes breeder Jenny Craig, Twirling Candy has won 7 of 11 starts and $944,900. Earlier this year, Twirling Candy, 4, won the Grade 2 Strub Stakes and Grade 2 Californian Stakes. He has lost three Grade 1 races this year, finishing a troubled fifth in the Santa Anita Handicap in March, third in the Hollywood Gold Cup in July, and second in the Pacific Classic on Aug. 28, his most recent start.

Without Twirling Candy, the Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes, run over 1 1/8 miles, lacks a standout. The list of probable starters includes Game On Dude, who won the Santa Anita Handicap and was fourth in the Pacific Classic; Longacres Mile winner Awesome Gem; Haskell Invitational winner Coil; San Diego Handicap winner Tres Borrachos; and Preamble, who was fourth in the Windy Sands Handicap at Del Mar earlier this month.