January 21, 2014

With two graded fillies and a quartet of new maiden winners, members of CANDY RIDE (ARG)’s current crop of 3yos have gotten off to a brilliant start to 2014. On Jan. 20, CANDY RIDE’s 3yo filly Sugar Shock, coming off a third-place try at Churchill, edged away to a daylight victory in a six-furlong Msw at Oaklawn. Owned and trained by Doug Anderson, Sugar Shock stopped the clock in 1:10 4/5 and earned a good 90 Bris figure for the win.

Two days earlier, CANDY RIDE’s son Candy Passion earned his diploma at first asking with a solid win at at Golden Gate. The Ontario-bred youngster, off at 9-2 in a six-furlong Msw, was soon in front and never looked back, winning with something left for the Jeff Bonde barn.

Earlier in the month, CANDY RIDE’s 3yo son SWEET LOVER overwhelmed the competition with a 10-length win over Aqueduct maidens, while his fellow 3yo colt Obelix won off by 3 1/4 lengths at Fair Grounds.

On Jan. 4, a pair of 3yo fillies by CANDY RIDE showed that they could potentially be key players in the sophomore division this year. Co Cola, a first-out winner at Belmont in October, ran a good second to Sweet Whiskey in the G3 Old Hat S. at Gulfstream. That followed her runner-up performance in the $100,000 Smart Halo S. at Laurel in November.

Across the country, Taste Like Candy ran Awesome Baby to a half-length in the G2 Santa Ynez S. at Santa Anita. A 6 1/2-length debut winner at Santa Anita last October (when she sped 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03 2/5), Taste Like Candy previously ran second to SMART STRIKE’s Streaming in the G1 Hollywood Starlet.

CANDY RIDE is currently the #8 sire in the nation on the General Sire List.

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