Black is the new black, at least for people who own runners by CANDY RIDE (ARG). Through Mar. 9, no sire in America has more black-type runners that CANDY RIDE‘s nine. Currently flying CANDY RIDE‘s banner are arguably three of the best older males in California right now–Twirling Candy, Sidney’s Candy and Misremembered. The last named, winner of the seven-furlong G2 Indiana Derby at three and the 10-furlong G1 Santa Anita H. at four, recently returned with an eye-catching victory in the Santana Mile S. at Santa Anita Mar. 6. Against a graded-caliber field, the Bob Baffert homebred came flying down the center of the course to win in 1:33.50, which just missed the course record and earned him a 105 Beyer. So impressed was Mike Watchmaker that he put him atop his handicap divisional rankings, ahead of another son of CANDY RIDE, the supremely talented TWIRLING CANDY. A Craig family homebred who will join Lane’s End at the completion of his career, TWIRLING CANDY lowered Santa Anita’s seven-furlong track record in the G1 Malibu S. and opened the new season with a powerful win in the G2 Strub S. Sidney’s Candy was a five-time graded stakes winner in 2010, including a victory in the G1 Santa Anita Derby.

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