August 25, 2014

Any stallion, it can be argued, could chance upon a great horse. But when a stallion routinely gets top-class, champion-quality horses, that’s a rare sire indeed.

CANDY RIDE (ARG) is proving to be such a sire. When Shared Belief, last year’s Champion Male Juvenile, streaked clear in Sunday’s $1 million, G1 TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar, the unbeaten 3yo became CANDY RIDE’s eighth Grade 1 winner from just seven crops to race.

To put that achievement into perspective, it took a sire of the quality of El Prado (Ire) 17 crops to reach that total.

CANDY RIDE’s runners have accounted for some of the most prized races in the U.S. Lane’s End’s own TWIRLING CANDY won the G1 Malibu S. Misremembered won the G1 Santa Anita H. Sidney’s Candy’s wins included the G1 Santa Anita Derby, Capt. Candyman Can took the G1 King’s Bishop, while Evita Argentina, El Brujo and Home Sweet Aspen were all Grade 1 winners on the tough So. California circuit.

To be sure, Shared Belief lived up to those performances, giving Eclipse voters plenty to mull over in the coming months as he made a case for divisional honors in the Pacific Classic. Sitting in fifth under Mike Smith, Shared Belief made a brilliant move on the far turn to inhale the leaders before kicking clear in the stretch.

“He’s a special horse,” Smith said afterward. “I heard someone say this might be the coming out of a superstar. I think now this horse deserves that accolade. I’ll tell you what: he’s as good a young horse as I’ve sat on in a while.”

Shared Belief earned a massive 115 Beyer for the victory, the best by any 3yo this year and second-highest in the nation for a horse of any age.

The Daily Racing Form’s Mike Watchmaker promptly honored him as “The best horse in America.”

Jerry Hollendorfer trains Shared Belief for a partnership that includes Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing.

CANDY RIDE is now the second-leading sire in the country with over $6.8 million in progeny earnings in 2014. His 7 graded stakes winners on the year is bettered by only one sire, and include the likes Candy Boy, Candyman E, Clubhouse Ride, Grand Tito, Sweet Swap, and Sugar Shock.

CANDY RIDE is also enjoying a stellar year in the sales ring. From six on offer, his six yearlings to sell have averaged $172,347, and include a $325,000 colt who Lane’s End sold to Centennial Farms at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga.

CANDY RIDE, once an emerging sire, is now confirmed as one of North America’s elite stallions. Look for his next stars at Keeneland September.

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