June 3, 2015

From Dynaformer to Distorted Humor, some of the very best sires of the last 20 years have soared to the upper echelon of the stallion ranks from modest beginnings.

Such has been the case with CANDY RIDE (ARG). From his first crop, CANDY RIDE was represented by 10 stakes winners—four at the Grade 1 level. That would be a dazzling beginning for any sire, but for a stallion who began his career at a $10,000 fee, it was a remarkable accomplishment.

CANDY RIDE has since confirmed himself as one of the best sires anywhere, with horses like Shared Belief—currently ranked alongside Able Friend (Aus) as the world’s best racehorse—on his resume.

Not surprisingly, CANDY RIDE is recognized as a force not only on the track, but in the sales ring, as well. Back in 2007, CANDY RIDE’s first-crop yearlings sold for a very respectable $48,439. By 2011, however, his yearlings were commanding an average of $109,576.

Last year, in 2014, CANDY RIDE’s yearlings averaged $144,710—more than 2 1/2 times the stud fee that produced members of that crop. Individuals, meanwhile, sold for $475,000, $460,000, $450,000 (2), $360,000, $350,000, $340,000, $330,000, $325,000, and $300,000 (2), etc.—as well as one notable $650,000 buyback.

Importantly, CANDY RIDE’s 2014 average was a huge 28.5% boost from his 2013 average and up a whopping 73% from his 2012 numbers, an important indicator that breeders will continue to be rewarded for supporting CANDY RIDE in the coming years.


Year Average Sold
2007 $48,439 42
2008 $14,735 18
2009 $49,510 44
2010 $56,315 27
2011 $109,576 68
2012 $83,649 57
2013 $112,623 69
2014 $144,710 60

That climb up the commercial leaders’ list has been mirrored on the maybe best true measure of a sire’s prowess: the annual General Sires List.

In 2010, with his oldest runners 4 years of age, CANDY RIDE ranked 23rd on the General Sire List, with 10 stakes winners on the year and progeny earnings of over $5.7 million.

Three years later, CANDY RIDE ranked 14th, with 14 stakes winners and over $7.6 million in earnings.

Last year, CANDY RIDE climbed to #5, with 13 stakes winners and over $10.3 million in earnings.

So far in 2015, CANDY RIDE has continued the progression. He currently ranks #2, and is on pace for another $10 million year in progeny earnings.


Year Rank SWs Earnings
2010 23 10 $5,738,466
2011 32 16 $5,349,284
2012 42 10 $5,324,018
2013 14 14 $7,686,748
2014 5 13 $10,338,913
2015 2 5 $5,107,807
(through May 26)

Connecting the dots here isn’t hard: CANDY RIDE showed from the beginning he had the stuff of an elite sire, and he’s only been getting better as runners from his better-bred crops reach the track. And at a 2015 fee of $60,000, CANDY RIDE looks an especially smart play compared to some esteemed rivals who ranked behind him on the General Sire List in 2014, such as Medaglia d’Oro ($125,000), Distorted Humor ($100,000), Malibu Moon ($95,000), Bernardini ($85,000), Speightstown ($80,000), Tiznow ($75,000), etc. Sires who, incidentally, rank behind him in 2015, too.

CANDY RIDE – At the Top and Still Rising.

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