Gift Box Scratched from Santa Anita Handicap

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Gift Box | Benoit

Hronis Racing's Gift Box (Twirling Candy), the 6-5 morning-line favorite and defending champion, has been scratched from Saturday's GI Santa Anita H. The 7-year-old had been expected to make his 2020 debut in the race. In his most recent start, he won his second straight GII San Antonio S. Dec. 28. Trainer John Sadler, looking to become the first trainer to win the Big 'Cap three years in a row, will still be represented in the race. He will saddle Combatant (Scat Daddy).

With the scratch, the Big 'Cap, which has been carded as the 10th on a 12-race card, will feature seven older horses at a mile and a quarter. C R K Stable's Midcourt (Midnight Lute), the 2-1 second choice on the original morning line, has been made the 4-5 favorite on the revised line,

 

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