Pretty good stuff here.
I was surprised to see that the SA derby was run so early in the year. way back when.
CANDY RIDE ACHIEVES RARE SANTA ANITA DOUBLE AS SIRE
When Sidney’s Candy won the recent Grade I Santa Anita Derby, his sire, Candy Ride, managed to accomplish a rare Santa Anita feat.
“Candy Ride also is the sire of the winner of this year’s Santa Anita Handicap, Misremembered,” noted Jon White, Santa Anita’s morning line oddsmaker who also provides paddock commentary for the track’s simulcast network. “The last year in which the Big ’Cap winner and the Santa Anita Derby winner had the same sire was all the way back in 1953. That was when Mark-Ye-Well won the Big ’Cap and Chanlea won the Santa Anita Derby. They both were by the tremendous Calumet stallion Bull Lea, who also was the sire of the great Citation.
“The only other year in which the Big ’Cap winner and the Santa Anita Derby winner had the same sire was 1938. Remarkably, the same horse, Stagehand, won both races that year. In 1938, the Santa Anita Derby was run in February, before the Big ’Cap. Stagehand won the Derby, then carried 100 pounds and won the Big ’Cap by a nose over Seabiscuit (who carried 130 pounds). Stagehand was a son of Sickle.”
Misremembered, a 4-year-old bred and trained by Bob Baffert, won this year’s Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 6. Four weeks later, Sidney’s Candy took the Santa Anita Derby by 4 1/2 lengths for trainer John Sadler. It was the biggest winning margin in the Santa Anita Derby since the Baffert-trained Point Given’s 5 1/2-length triumph in 2001.
Candy Ride also is the sire of Evita Argentina, a Grade I winner at the current Santa Anita meet. Evita Argentina won the Grade I La Brea Stakes for Sadler on opening day, Dec. 26.
“Before he went to stud, Candy Ride proved that he was a very talented, versatile racehorse,” White said. “Candy Ride started six times and never lost. In Argentina, he was three for three. He won his first race on the dirt by 12 lengths, then won a pair of Group 1 races on the turf. He won each of those turf races by eight lengths. Candy Ride then also was three for three in this country. He won a race on the dirt at Hollywood Park by three lengths, followed by a win on the turf at Hollywood in the American Handicap.
“And then, in the final start of his career, Candy Ride won the Pacific Classic on the dirt at Del Mar by daylight (3 1/4 lengths) over Medaglia d’Oro. Candy Ride earned a whopping 123 Beyer Speed Figure in the Pacific Classic. That was the highest Beyer in the nation that year.
“And now Candy Ride is gaining more and more respect as a sire. Of course, there will be even more respect for him as a sire should Sidney’s Candy win the Kentucky Derby.”
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