February 5, 2016

TWIRLING CANDY, the #2 Freshman Sire in 2015, got his first stakes winner at Sam Houston this past weekend and, a few days later, was represented by a “TDN Rising Star” at Santa Anita.

The latter designation was awarded to the 3-year-old colt Danzing Candy, who went to 2-for-3 with a smashing first-level allowance score at a flat mile on Feb. 4. Coming off a front-running 3 1/4-length maiden win, Danzing Candy was again put on the lead and laid down :23.14 and :46.60 splits. In the stretch, jockey Mike Smith remained motionless as the Cliff Sise-trained colt drew away with every stride to win by an unextended 5 3/4-length margin.

“Danzing Candy is proving he’s the real deal, and he’s got bigger fish to fry,” said track announcer Frank Mirahmadi as the colt streaked under the line. “It’s another stellar performance.”

Danzing Candy is a Halo Farms homebred and is owned in partnership with Jim and Diane Bashor.

TWIRLING CANDY has another standout colt in the form of the 3-year-old colt Twirling Cinnamon, who got a deserved win in the Space City S. at Sam Houston last Saturday.

Wrote the Thoroughbred Daily News, “Twirling Cinnamon was a standout on paper and delivered as the heavy [2-5] favorite. An eye-catching first-out winner at Churchill in June, the colt … most recently missed by a nose when second in the Fair Grounds’ Sugar Bowl S. Dec. 19. Away a bit slowly in this affair, Twirling Cinnamon was quickly motivated by jockey Florent Geroux, advanced to a close third through a half-mile in :45.24 … [and] edged clear to earn the third victory of his young career.”

A $180,000 KEESEP Yearling, Twirling Cinnamon was bred by Woods Edge Farm. Brad Cox trains the son of SW Cinnamon Charlie (Indian Charlie) for Steve Landers Racing LLC.

The number of TWIRLING CANDY’s exciting maiden special winners grew by one the following day at Santa Anita. That’s when the 3-year-old filly Candy Boss, backed as the 5-2 favorite in her second career start, a $56,000 sprint, came through with a big effort for trainer John Sadler. Candy Boss battled for the lead through :21.30 and :43.98 fractions and, despite the wicked splits, asserted late to win by a neck.

Bred by Kinsman Farm, Candy Boss was a $250,000 OBSAPR graduate and is owned by Hronis Racing.

With 25 first-crop winners at year’s end, TWIRLING CANDY was the #2 Freshman Sire of 2015, second only to Uncle Mo, who had 73 runners compared to TWIRLING CANDY’s 45. Moreover, TWIRLING CANDY had 9 stakes horses in 2015, just shy of Uncle Mo’s 11.

TWIRLING CANDY is the #1 Sophomore Sire in 2016 by number of winners (7) and the #2 sire by earnings.

TWIRLING CANDY will stand the 2016 season for a fee of $15,000.

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