February 11, 2014
As the sire of G1 Santa Anita Derby hero Sidney’s Candy and last year’s champion juvenile colt Shared Belief, CANDY RIDE (ARG) is no stranger to having stars on the Kentucky Derby trail. And the leading Lane’s End sire has another big prospect on his hands in Candy Boy, who this past weekend rallied to a powerful win in the G2 Robert B. Lewis S. at Santa Anita.
Owned and bred by Lee and Susan Searing and trained by John Sadler, Candy Boy had the highly regarded Midnight Hawk behind him and earned a 96 Beyer for the win—the second-highest Beyer of the year for a 3-year-old. Jockey Gary Stevens was ebullient in his praise of the Candy Boy, who completed the exacta behind Shared Belief in the G1 CashCall Futurity in his previous race.
“He’s the number one draft choice for me,” said Stevens. “That was quite a performance he just put on against some pretty nice 3-year-olds. Everybody was all over Midnight Hawk and we just got to sit back and be quiet the last few weeks. He;s been giving us all the right signals in the morning. I had high expectations coming into today and he pulled through and surpassed those expectations.”
The Hall of Fame rider added, “I mean, during the gallop-out you’re still checking all the gauges and his were all still on full. Further will be better for him; he’s really matured mentally. He’s very intelligent, and that’s what separates these horses from the mediocre horses. The lessons he learned over wintertime paid off, and I don’t think we’re even halfway there yet with him.”
The undefeated Shared Belief, meanwhile, recently got back to training after missing some time with a quarter crack.
CANDY RIDE also had a couple of impressive sophomores debut over the weekend. At Santa Anita, the filly Sweet Profit won off by 4 1/4 lengths in a $56,000 maiden special going six furlongs. Sweet Profit, a Halo Farms homebred from the family of Inside Information, et al, stopped the clock in a swift 1:09 2/5. Like Candy Boy, she’s trained by Sadler.
Over in Europe, the 3yo CANDY RIDE colt Sloane Avenue, from the A.P. INDY mare Apt, debuted a winner at Lingfield for the Jeremy Noseda barn.