I hear Santa Anita is expected to announce Monday it will be performing some maintenance on its new dirt main track Tuesday in an effort to tone it down so it’s not quite so fast.
Three track records have been broken during the meet’s first 15 days, including new marks for 6 furlongs, 6 1/2 furlongs and 7 furlongs.
* Spectacular Bid’s 30-year-old 7-furlong record of 1:20 was shattered by Twirling Candy on opening day in the Malibu Stakes when the Candy Ride colt sped to victory in 1:19.70. He’s expected to return in the Strub Stakes on Feb. 5.
* Square Eddie returned from a 12 1/2-month absence Friday to win a 6 1/2-furlong allowance in 1:13.11, bettering Son Of a Pistol’s previous record of 1:13.71 set in 1998.
* The Factor, one of trainer Bob Baffert’s Kentucky Derby hopefuls, showed us early on during opening day this was going to be a fast track when he broke his maiden in a 6-furlong race in 1:06.98 — smashing Sunny Blossom’s mark of 1:07.20 set in 1989.
The maintenance is not expected to be major.
We’ll provide a report later in the week on the number of fatalities and breakdowns at Santa Anita during the meet’s first three weeks.