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Thu Feb 24
2011
Brad Free
Categories: Opinion Columns
Sidney’s Candy was scheduled to return to the Santa Anita racetrack Friday morning for the first time since a quarter crack knocked him from consideration for the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 5. He did not miss too much time, but you can’t cut corners at this class level. “You can’t fudge it (in Grade 1’s),” trainer John Sadler said. “To run in big races, you have to train, especially him.”
Sun Feb 13
2011
Brad Free
Categories: Handicapping
“You’re never as wrong as when you’re sure,” reflective trainer Steve Asmussen said Sunday morning at Santa Anita, the day after Tapizar finished off the board in a race most expected him to win. Horseplayers were so sure Tapizar would win the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis that the colt was hammered to odds of 3-10. Tapizar was never happy. He pulled, was rank and tossed his head while unruly on the lead. The fractions (:45.64 and 1:09.92) were not the problem. “It would not have mattered if he went 48,” Asmussen said.
Thu Feb 10
2011
Brad Free
Categories: Handicapping
Guess what’s back on Friday at Santa Anita? Thursday was the 29th day of the meet. Once upon a time, by now there would have been at least a half-dozen pick six carryovers. But the $68,094 carryover into Friday is only the third of the season. Might want to take a shot now, because who knows when the next carryover will occur? First things come first. A key scratch in race 7 turns the sequence into a virtual pick five.
Sat Feb 5
2011
Brad Free
Categories: Handicapping
“This is sensational!” Track announcer Trevor Denman said it while Twirling Candy was drawing away by four and one-half lengths Saturday in the Grade 2 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita. Twirling Candy stamped himself as the best older horse in the country with a devastating 1:46.53 mile and one-eighth. The Beyer Figure should come back somewhere around 107. (Twirling Candy earned a 101 Beyer.) As if it matters.
Sat Feb 5
2011
Brad Free
Categories: Opinion Columns
Horsemen this winter have been unusually tight-lipped regarding the new main track at Santa Anita. No one wants to knock the surface. Not publicly, at least. But behind the scenes, many are frustrated. Some trainers said they were led to believe the new dirt surface would be 90 percent sand and 10 percent silt and clay. Prior to the meet, track officials told Daily Racing Form the content would be 86 percent sand, 8 percent clay, and 6 percent silt.