January 13, 2014

Not that we needed the reminder, but the late-season heroics of the juvenile colt Shared Belief was just further evidence of the prepotency of CANDY RIDE (ARG) as a sire. The leading candidate for Eclipse Award honors became CANDY RIDE’s eighth Grade 1 winner and his 36th overall stakes winner, and is a top Kentucky Derby prospect. CANDY RIDE’s meteoric rise to the top of the stallion ranks means he’s booked full for the 2014 breeding season, and that popularity has breeders looking to his most accomplished sons at stud

Looking no further than the track-record-setting Grade 1 winner TWIRLING CANDY, CANDY RIDE’s fastest and most talented son who has now arrived on the scene with his first foals. TWIRLING CANDY’s credentials are unassailable. He broke Spectacular Bid’s decades-old track record when winning Santa Anita’s G1 Malibu Moon S. on dirt in 1:19.70. He won the G2 Californian S. on synthetic by open lengths. He won the nine-furlong G2 Del Mar Derby on turf in 1:46 4/5. And he was beaten a neck and a head when placed in the 10-furlong California centerpieces, the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup and G1 Pacific Classic. Trainer John Sadler had nothing but high praise for his colt, “TWIRLING CANDY is without a doubt the most brilliant and best looking son of Candy Ride.”

In 2013, TWIRLING CANDY’s first foals hit the ground, and the reports from horsemen have been outstanding. TWIRLING CANDY’s offspring include a dashing colt who sold for 13.5x his stud fee who was purchased by Lane’s End’s Will Farish at Fasig-Tipton November. The colt, a half to the promising young filly Stonetastic, was bred by Carrie and Craig Brogden and Sandy Willwerth’s Machmer Hall, and was sold by Select Sales, of which Machmer Hall is a majority partner. Carrie Brogden said the choice to go to TWIRLING CANDY was a simple one.

“I think that TWIRLING CANDY was an exceptional racehorse with incredible talent,” she said. “We bred and sold his highest-priced weanling [of 2013], who was pure athlete.”

The Machmer Hall principals were so impressed with TWIRLING CANDY that they came back at Keeneland November and purchased a TWIRLING CANDY weanling colt from the family of Grade 1 winner High Yield. “He was a lovely colt in the later books that we bought to resell,” said Brogden.

TWIRLING CANDY’s pedigree got a notable update in 2013. In August, his half-brother Ethnic Dance followed in TWIRLING CANDY’s hoofsteps by winning the G2 Del Mar Derby in wire-to-wire fashion.

TWIRLING CANDY, and outstanding opportunity for just $10,000, live foal.

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