07/31/2011 2:52PM

Pacific Classic next for Twirling Candy after Del Mar work

Benoit & Associates
Twirling Candy "worked super" at Del Mar on Sunday, said trainer John Sadler.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Twirling Candy, the five-time stakes winner, will make his next start in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 28, trainer John Sadler said on Sunday.

The decision was made after Twirling Candy worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds under jockey Joel Rosario at Del Mar on Sunday and following weekend conversations with the partnership that owns the 4-year-old colt – breeder Jenny Craig, Marty Wygod, and William S. Farish.

“He’s trained so well on this racetrack and he worked super on it today,” Sadler said.

The Pacific Classic, the richest race of the year for older horses in California, will be run at 1 1/4 miles on the main track, and will be Twirling Candy’s third start at the distance this year. He was fifth as the 1-2 favorite in a roughly run Santa Anita Handicap in March, and was third, beaten a neck, as the even-money favorite in the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 9.

Twirling Candy may not be favored in the Pacific Classic, a role that could go to Game On Dude, who was second by a nose to stablemate First Dude in the Hollywood Gold Cup. First Dude was later retired because of a tendon injury. Game On Dude won the Santa Anita Handicap earlier this year.

Other candidates include Blind Luck, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2010 and a three-time stakes winner this year; Tres Borrachos, the winner of the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap on Saturday; Acclamation, a three-time stakes winner on turf this year; as well as Caracortado, Jeranimo, Make Music for Me, and Victory Pete.