July 14, 2016
With five 2016 black-type winners from just 59 starters, TWIRLING CANDY is the #2 sire in North America with a SW/starters strike rate of 8.33%.
That’s a big number, for sure, but how big?
Consider, of the Top 100 stallions on the Leading Sire List, only Uncle Mo’s figure is better, at a rate of 9.35%. Meanwhile, only 4 other stallions in the Top 100 checked in at over 6%, led by Tapit (6.09%) and Pioneerof the Nile (7.07%).
So TWIRLING CANDY is keeping impressive company. More importantly, as far as breeders are considered, he’s doing it at a tremendous value. TWIRLING CANDY stood for $15,000 in 2016. Uncle Mo, by comparison, was at $75,000 this spring, while Tapit and Pioneerof the Nile were at $300,000 and $125,000, respectively.
TWIRLING CANDY stands up exceedingly well to other six-figure stallions, too. Medaglia d’Oro’s 2016 strike rate is 5.8%, followed by Bernardini (5.43), Speightstown (4.79), War Front (4.48), Curlin (4.22), Kitten’s Joy (4.17) and Distorted Humor (2.29).
TWIRLING CANDY is getting runners of the highest quality, too. His son Danzing Candy beat the Grade 1 winners Exaggerator and Mor Spirit in the G2 San Felipe S. at Santa Anita, and earned a 100 Beyer Figure in doing so.
Another son, Iron Rob, is a multiple stakes winner at Santa Anita who won the 6 1/2-furlong Baffle Me S. on dirt in a sharp 1:15.50. TWIRLING CANDY’s daughter Uptown Twirl, a $630,000 2yo purchase, is now a dual stakes winner in California.
TWIRLING CANDY’s not just getting it done in America. In Great Britain, his 3yo son Viren’s Army (Ire) won the Dee S. at Chester, an effort that so impressed observers that Viren’s Army sold for just just of $1 million (700,000 pounds) at the Goffs London HIT Sale on June 13—the second-highest price of the auction and the top price for a male. Representatives of Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin signed the winning slip.
That, after a spring that saw the 11 of 14 TWIRLING CANDY 2yos on offer average $199,909—off a $12,500 fee—better than Speightstown (13 sold, $198,846), Bernardini (12 sold, $196,918), Scat Daddy (17 sold, $190,070), etc.
These numbers are indeed telling a story: TWIRLING CANDY is a rising star in the stallion ranks.