08/15/2010 12:24AM

Candy Ride summer legacy flourishes


It was a Del Mar summer when Candy Ride rolled in to win the 2003 Pacific Classic for owners Sid and Jenny Craig, and trainer Ron McAnally. Candy Ride crushed in the final start of his unbeaten career – three wins in South America, three in the U.S.

As a stallion, Candy Ride is rocking. Saturday at Del Mar, memories of Candy Ride were everywhere. The final three races were won by Candy Rides, including a freakish stakes win by wildly impressive 3-year-old Sidney’s Candy.

Clubhouse Rules overcame race-8 trouble to win a 2-year-old maiden sprint. If trainer Craig Lewis gives the Candy Ride colt a shot in the G1 Del Mar Futurity, don’t sell him short. He overcame an eventful trip winning at six furlongs and should like more ground.

Sugarinthemorning, a 2-year-old filly by Candy Ride, won race 10 for McAnally. The California-bred ran faster than the colts two races earlier. Her $16 upset triggered a $846,824 pick-six carryover into Sunday.

The star Saturday was Sidney’s Candy. His smashing race-9 victory in the La Jolla Handicap was the most impressive performance of the meet by any horse in any division.

Sidney’s Candy has always been a good horse that could stretch his speed under optimal conditions such as the slow-pace Santa Anita Derby. There was nothing optimal Saturday racing a mile and a sixteenth on turf in the La Jolla.

Hounded through an insane pace, Sidney’s Candy and kamikaze speedball Macias went head-and-head and opened up 16 lengths, a scorching half-mile in 45.81 seconds.

Macias gave up passing the three-eighths, and was so tired after the race that he was vanned off due to exhaustion.

Sidney’s Candy just kept running. He hit six furlongs in 1:08.91 over a turf course that, until Saturday, played to closers.

He was tired and was hard ridden the final five-sixteenths in a slow 30.61. Didn't matter. It was never in doubt. The fast pace allowed Sidney’s Candy to lower the course record by .15 seconds to 1:39.52, winning by five and one-half lengths.

Trainer John Sadler knows Sidney’s Candy may need time after the big effort. It is undecided if he runs back Sept. 5 in the Del Mar Derby.

Meanwhile, Sadler and Jenny Craig still have a good one eligible to the mile and one-eighth Del Mar Derby.

He is Twirling Candy, sired by Candy Ride.