It's going to be the Bob Baffert show in Arcadia, California this weekend. The "White Knight" has four of the eleven entries in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap - Spurrier, First Dude, Tweebster, and Game on Dude. However, the headliner of the Big Cap isn't a Baffert trainee, it's John Sadler's Twirling Candy, the top rated horse on the West Coast and possibly the top older horse in the country. Twirling Candy will be looking for his seventh victory in eight lifetime starts and his second Grade 1.
Among the notable entries in the Big Cap is First Dude, a former Dale Romans trainee that will make his first start for Baffert and his first start in California. First Dude will be attempting to finally win his first non-maiden race.
I'll have more on the Big Cap later on in the week.
|1||Soul Candy||G. Gomez||P. Gallagher||30/1|
|2||Spurrier||A. Quinonez||B. Baffert||15/1|
|3||Gladding||R. Bejarano||J. Sadler||6/1|
|4||Pode Ir (BRZ)||D. Flores||A. Avila||50/1|
|5||Twirling Candy||J. Rosario||J. Sadler||4/5|
|6||Setsuko||V. Espinoza||R. Mandella||30/1|
|7||Quindici Man||M. Pedroza||C. Lewis||30/1|
|8||First Dude||M. Garcia||B. Baffert||5/1|
|9||Tweebster||M. Smith||B. Baffert||15/1|
||J. Talamo||P. Gallagher
|11||Game On Dude||J. Velazquez