If it’s a Grade 1 going seven furlongs, watch out for horses by CANDY RIDE (ARG). The sire of TWIRLING CANDY, Capt. Candyman Can, El Brujo and Evita Argentina–all of whom won at the highest level at the tough seven-furlong distance–added further luster to his resume when represented by the exacta in the G1 Santa Monica S. going seven panels at Santa Anita Jan. 28.

The Craig family homebred Home Sweet Aspen helped provide the thrills, racing out to set a contentious pace before being attacked by another daughter of CANDY RIDE, Sugarinthemorning, a furlong out. Those two fought tooth-and-nail to the wire, with Home Sweet Aspen asserting in the dying strides to take it by a neck. CANDY RIDE now has seven overall Grade 1 winners, equal to Medaglia d’Oro and better than Tapit, Indian Charlie, Speightstown, etc.

In New York, it was all about the influence of A.P. INDY. His 4-year-old daughter Love and Pride lived up to 4-5 advance billing with a dominating seven-length win in the Affectionately S. at Aqueduct Jan. 28. She is owned by Green Hills Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher.

On the same card at the Big A, MINESHAFT’s son Redding Colliery, a grandson of A.P. INDY, gamely made every pole a winning one in the Evening Attire S. The Fitriani Hay colorbearer defeated another grandson of A.P. INDY in STEPHEN GOT EVEN’s Grade 1 winner I Want Revenge.

In a performance going a half-furlong shorter but no less impressive, CITY ZIP’s Unzip Me captured the Wishing Well S. at Santa Anita Jan. 29 down the hillside turf course. The 6-year-old mare, trained by Marty Jones for Harris Farms, et al, was winning for a remarkable 10th time against black-type competition, and pushed her earnings to $959,228.

At Gulfstream, the 3-year-old colt My Adonis, by PLEASANTLY PERFECT, got off to a slow start in the G3 Holy Bull S. and trailed early by as many as 20 lengths, but put in a huge late run to finish third behind A.P. INDY’s grandson Algorithms and champion juvenile Hansen. My Adonis, owned by George and Lori Hall and trained by Kelly Breen, previously won the $200,000 Jean Lafitte S.

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