Twirling Candy, an emerging star in the handicap ranks from John Sadler’s barn, worked seven furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Feb. 27 for the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino (gr. I) March 5.

Under regular rider Joel Rosario, Twirling Candy, the likely Big ‘Cap favorite, was timed in 1:25 flat.

“It was a very nice work,” said Sadler, who has eight graded stakes wins this meet and is cautiously confident he can win his first Big ’Cap. The 54-year-old Long Beach native finished fifth with his only other starter, Zappa, in 2008.

Jenny Craig’s 4-year-old homebred Twirling Candy, a son of Candy Ride, has won six of seven career starts including the Malibu (gr. I) and Strub (gr. II) stakes by 4 ½ lengths this meet.

“He’s ready to go. He’s a wonderful horse,” Sadler said.  “You’ve always got to run the race, but I wouldn’t trade horses with anybody else.”

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