If the last few years could be characterized as CANDY RIDE (ARG)’s ride to the top, then 2011 marked the brilliant sire’s confirmation as one of the most important stallions in the country. His numbers tell the story. From his 146 runners in 2011, CANDY RIDE boasted 16 black-type winners–third-highest in the nation–who accounted for 21 stakes events. By way of comparison, Giant’s Causeway had 19 black-type winners…from 347 runners.

CANDY RIDE’s runners were well led by the brilliant TWIRLING CANDY, who concluded 2010 with a record-setting victory in the G1 Malibu S. and kept right on motoring at four in 2011. Twirling Candy’s victories included the G2 Californian S. and G2 Strub S., and he registered close-up finishes in the G1 TVG Pacific Classic S. and G1 Hollywood Gold Cup, both at 10 furlongs. He retires to stand alongside his sire with seven wins from 11 starts and $944,900 in earnings.

CANDY RIDE’s Grade 1-winning son Sidney’s Candy also put together a fine 4-year-old season. The 2010 G1 Santa Anita Derby hero added the G2 Fourstardave H. at Saratoga and placed in four other Grade 1 or 2 events, pushing his earnings past the $1.1 million mark in the process.

Another 4-year-old colt by CANDY RIDE, the progressive Kettle Corn, won the G3 Native Diver H. at Hollywood Park, while Amerikali accounted for the G3 H. Basri Karabucak overseas.

Others to win 2011 stakes for CANDY RIDE included a pair of Grade 1 winners in the form of Capt. Candyman Can and Misremembered, as well as Candyman E, C. C. Ride, Home Sweet Aspen, Mr. Candy Bar, Northern Candyride, Okie Ride, Stachys, and Sweet Luca. The dual stakes winner Sugarinthemorning, meanwhile, nearly became his second winner of the G1 La Brea S., following in the hoofsteps of Evita Argentina, with a game runner-up finish in the waning days of 2011.

CANDY RIDE continues to be a force in the sales ring, too. Off a fee of just $12,500, his 2011 yearlings averaged $110,478. They included individuals who sold for $535,000, $400,000, $260,000, $250,000, etc. At the bloodstock sales, mares in foal to CANDY RIDE included the $1.4 million Zaftig, and others who sold for $600,000, $450,000, $400,000, $375,000, $350,000, etc. Weanlings by him made $250,000, $210,000, $190,000 etc.

Given his success, it’s easy to forget the humble origins of CANDY RIDE. Now, with his best-bred stock set to hit the track, CANDY RIDE could scale to even greater heights.

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