Capt. Candyman Can's owner dies
By Mike Welsch
ARCADIA, Calif. - The excitement of Breeders' Cup Week was tempered for the connections of Capt. Candyman Can on Saturday with the news of the sudden death of Dr. Joseph Rauch, a co-owner and breeder of the gelding, who is among the leading contenders for next Saturday's Sprint. Rauch, a director of the urgent care department at Leesburg Regional Hospital near Ocala, Fla., was 66.
Trainer Ian Wilkes said he received the news from Rauch's wife, Rosemary, around 8:30 a.m. Saturday as he prepared to leave Churchill Downs for the Skylight Training Center, where Capt. Candyman Can is stabled.
"It was a shock for sure," said Wilkes. "I didn't know of any health problems that he had. From what I understand he died in his sleep. It's just hard to believe."