January 20, 2014

As the sire of Shared Belief, 2013’s most exciting juvenile performer and Eclipse Award winner as Champion two-year-old male, CANDY RIDE (ARG) once again showed why he’s one of the truest sources of top-flight horses in North America. Shared Belief’s runaway victory in the G1 CashCall Futurity at Betfair Hollywood Park in December gave CANDY RIDE his EIGHTH Grade 1 winner. CANDY RIDE was also the sire of the Futurity runner-up Candy Boy. A 2-year-old gelding, SHARED BELIEF joins the Grade 1-winning ranks of CANDY RIDE horses like the standout track-record-breaking G1 Malibu S. hero TWIRLING CANDY, as well as Sidney’s Candy, Misremembered, Capt. Candyman Can and Evita Argentina, and is an early Kentucky Derby favorite with an unblemished 3-for-3 season that also included a victory in the G3 Hollywood Prevue S. for owner Jungle Racing, et al, and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Here’s a look at CANDY RIDE’s 2013 by the numbers:

  • #14 General Sire
  • #1 All-Weather Sire
  • #8 Active Juvenile Sire
  • #14 AEI Sire (1.94 vs. 1.76)
  • 14 SWs
  • 5 GSWs
  • 26 SHs
  • 12 GHs
  • Yearling average: $116,547
  • Yearlings include $700,000, $450,000 filly
  • Mares in foal to CANDY RIDE averaged $193,750, sold for up to $525,000

CANDY RIDE has built a reputation as a versatile sire, and his 2013 stakes winners underscore that point. In addition to Shared Belief, CANDY RIDE was the sire of:

  • Kettle Corn, 6yo, g – G2 San Diego S., 2nd G1 Pacific Classic
  • Clubhouse Ride, 5yo, g – G2 Californian, 2nd G1 Santa Anita H.
  • Lolo Forever, 3yo, c, – G3 Clasico Jose Rodriguez Razzeto
  • Looking Cool 3yo, c – G3 Iowa Derby
  • Grand Tito, 3yo, c – Showing Up S.
  • Walkwithapurporse, 3yo, f – Caeser’s Wish S., Wide Country S.
  • Candyman E, 6yo, g – Bensalem S., Spooky Mulder S.

Bill Oppenheim’s APEX ratings in the Thoroughbred Daily News provide further evidence of CANDY RIDE’s prepotence. During the mid-term APEX rankings in 2013, CANDY RIDE was the fifth-ranked active Kentucky sire by A Runner Index. His index of 2.93 was better Giant’s Causeway, Bernardini, Dynaformer, Empire Maker, Unbridled’s Song, Tiznow, etc.

And the TDN’s Andrew Caulfield points out that CANDY RIDE’s success has been achieved largely on modest stud fees. “[H]e will stand the 2014 season at $35,000…but it mustn’t be forgotten that he [has] still [been] largely reliant on his $12,500 crops,” said Caulfield. “His first $25,000 crop was born in 2011, and has already provided him with first and second in the CashCall Futurity, plus Taste Like Candy, runner-up to Streaming in the G1 Starlet S. earlier in December.”

With seven Grade 1 winners bred on a fee of $12,500 or less, CANDY RIDE is set to soar in the coming years with his best-bred foals hitting the track, and smart breeders are no doubt taking notice in 2014.

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