Julio Canani anticipates further dividends Saturday from Holladay Road, a 6-year-old gelding he claimed for owners Gary and Wendy Broad on July 31 at Del Mar.

The son of Street Cry was an eventful fourth next out after the claim, on Aug. 27, beaten only a length, then won by one length at Santa Anita going 6 ½ furlongs on dirt Oct. 6, coming from eighth and last at the half-mile marker, with the whip turned down under an energetic hand ride from Garrett Gomez.

Next up: the $175,000 California Cup Classic at 1 1/8 miles on turf Saturday. Holladay Road worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Sunday in a bullet :46 flat.

“I saw he was a good horse and I love the sire Street Cry,” Canani said in explaining the claim. “He got in a lot of trouble in the race on Aug. 27. He was supposed to sit first or second but he was running next to last.”

Street Cry, foaled in Ireland in 1998, was second in the Norfolk Stakes and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2000. At three, he won the UAE 2000 Guineas and at four captured the rich Dubai World Cup. With a 5-6-1 record from 12 starts, he earned more than $5 million.

The Classic will mark the first stakes race for Holladay Road, who has four wins from 10 career starts.

With an allowance win by nearly five lengths at one mile on turf at Hollywood Park last May and a third and a fourth in two other grass tries, Canani is confident the lightly raced Holladay Road is up to the Classic assignment.

“He’s a nice horse,” Canani said. “When he won here, Gomez never hit him.”


Rags-to-riches California-bred Caracortado, prepping for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Sunday in a minute flat under regular rider Joe Talamo. Caracortado worked in company with Wild Revenge, who was clocked in 1:02.40 under Martin Pedroza.

“I just gave him a little target for a little ways,” trainer Mike Machowsky explained. “But everything’s perfect. Joe said he never moved on him.”

In other BC drills at Santa Anita Sunday: 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner California Flag (Turf Sprint) went four furlongs on the main track in :48 flat for Brian Koriner, while unbeaten Jack Goodman winner Secret Circle (Juvenile Sprint) worked four furlongs in company with Lady Hokulea in :46.40 for Bob Baffert. Lady Hokulea was timed in :47.40.

“We’ll see how he pulls up tomorrow,” Koriner said of the 7-year-old California Flag. “We’ll pay the pre-entry (fee of $10,000) and then go from there. The only reason he wouldn’t go would be if there was a physical problem and for that, you would get your money back, so we’ll pre-enter and see.”

“He looked good,” Baffert said of Secret Circle. “He was just cruising.”


Santa Anita Park and Top Rank Boxing have announced that Juan Manuel Marquez, who is readying for a title fight with world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will stage a sparring exhibition at Santa Anita on Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Nov. 5. Marquez will be facing Pacquiao for the third time and he’ll be joined at Santa Anita by undefeated WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley, who will be defending his title Nov. 12 versus Cuban native Joel Casamayor.

Top Rank will provide 10,000 Pacquiao-Marquez III posters, free of charge at Santa Anita on a first come, first served basis and Santa Anita will conduct a drawing for two tickets to Pacquiao-Marquez III in Las Vegas.

“This is great news for Santa Anita and boxing fans throughout Southern California,” said Greg Avioli, Stronach Group CEO. “We want to sincerely thank Bob Arum and his team at Top Rank for helping to make this happen.

“Bob is going to charter a plane to fly Marquez in from Mexico City on the morning of this event and he’s been very supportive of the whole promotion. The fight has been completely sold out at the MGM for some time now, so to be able to raffle off two tickets is fantastic.

“We will continue to be forward-thinking with regard to our marketing strategy and we’re going to continue to aggressively pursue new markets and customers. “Marquez is very well known in this area and we think there’s going to be a lot of interest in seeing both him and Bradley working out, inside the ropes, on the grandstand apron.

“I know our jockeys are excited about meeting both of these guys and they’re going to be able to use the Jockeys’ Room as their own dressing room. A lot of fight fans are horseracing fans and vice versa and it should be a lot of fun,” Avioli added.

Marquez brings a 53-5-1 record, with 39 knockouts, to his Nov. 12 trilogy showdown with Pacquiao.

“My fight with Manny Pacquiao is going to be a war,” said Marquez in July.

Bradley, the current WBO Junior Welterweight Champion, will fight Casamayor on Nov. 12. Bradley, from Palm Springs, has a perfect 27-0 record, with 11 knockouts.

A boxing ring will be transported from trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood and will be erected on Santa Anita’s apron adjoining the winner’s circle earlier in the week.

Admission to the boxing exhibition will be free, with paid admission. Santa Anita’s admission gates will open early Nov. 5 at 8 a.m. First live race post time is 10:20 a.m. and the first Breeders’ Cup race from Churchill Downs is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.

FINISH LINES: Twirling Candy, a winner of the Grade I Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26, 2010 and the Grade II Strub Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 5 this year, is out of the Breeders’ Cup with an injury and will be retired to stud at Lane’s End farm in Kentucky in 2012, trainer John Sadler told Daily Racing Form on Saturday. Twirling Candy was being pointed to the BC Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 when the injury was detected. “It’s a slight injury,” Sadler said. “It’s not a big thing. He’ll go off to Lane’s End for his new career.” . . . California Cup Day will feature a Cal Cup Day T-shirt giveaway. All fans at Santa Anita with paid admission will receive a free T-shirt, while supplies last. Gates open at 11 a.m. First post time is 1 p.m. . . . Congratulations to Richmond Ferraro who, along with her husband, Steve, owns and bred the winner of yesterday’s Anoakia Stakes, Ismene, trained by Bill Spawr. With five wins and six seconds from only 18 starters, Spawr is one of the hottest trainers on the grounds with a 61 percent in the money average. Mike Mitchell stands at 62 percent in the money with an 8-7-2 log from 27 starters . . . Of the 11 ShowVivor contests remaining, each survived to play another day Sunday thanks to the second-place finish by 1-5 favorite Sister Moon in the Anoakia Stakes. Ten players picked the 2-year-old filly, who failed to overtake Ismene by a length . . . Comma to the Top, with long-range designs on the Grade I Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, worked four furlongs at Hollywood Friday in :48 seconds flat for Peter Miller. -30-