01/25/2007 12:00AM

Candid Glen goes in claiming sprint


NEW ORLEANS - It has been a lean Fair Grounds meet for trainer Andy Leggio, who bid good-bye to his retired stable star Happy Ticket after a brilliant career that ended with a second-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Leggio's horses are 0 for 23 at the meet, but Saturday he's bringing an old favorite back to the races. Candid Glen has bankrolled more than $1.2 million while starting 47 times. He is entered in a claiming race for the first time in his career, but Leggio is not overly worried about losing him for the $50,000 price.

"I'm not really afraid of getting him claimed," Leggio said. "He's not much use to anybody as a 10-year-old gelding.

"He's looking pretty darn good, and this is the lowest level he's ever run in. He's had his problems, but right now he's going good and I'm expecting him to run well."

Candid Glen, winner of the Grade 2 Explosive Bid Handicap at Fair Grounds in 2003, was sidelined from July of that year until December 2004 with a chronic upper suspensory ailment that needed aggressive treatment. Veterinarian Dr. Gene Norman recommended a bone marrow injection to help the healing process, and a team at Louisiana State University took bone marrow from Candid Glen's sternum and injected it into his upper suspensory.

He won his first start back, then finished second but gradually tailed off and was sidelined again from May 2005 until July 2006.

"He had a problem with his suspensory and we turned him out," said Leggio. "He came back from it but then he had a problem with the same leg. We turned him out on the farm and let him tighten it up."

After racing twice last summer, Candid Glen got a rest and now Leggio is hoping to run him several times at the Fair Grounds meet.

A one-run horse like Candid Glen doesn't often race in sprints, but Leggio has him in Saturday at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf.

"I always like to run him 7 1/2 furlongs first time out, but that condition's not in the book right now so I've got to go with what's there," he said. "Actually this was an extra race that wasn't even in the condition book. So instead of working him this weekend five-eighths of a mile like I usually do, I figure I'll just run him. He's liable to pick up a check and it'll get him right for the mile and a sixteenth race I've got planned for him."

Delicate Dynamite may stay on dirt

Delicate Dynamite closed strongly to win last week's Truly Bound Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Trainer Tom Amoss had been running her on grass, and she showed promise on that surface by finishing second by a neck in the Pago Hop in November. When a third-level turf allowance race was washed off the grass on Dec. 22, Amoss decided to let her stay in the race and she rallied strongly through the stretch to win going away by five lengths, earning a start in the Truly Bound and another easy victory.

"We always thought this was a turf filly," said Amoss. "It took Mother Nature and a race taken off the grass to make us realize she's a filly that can run on dirt, too."

Delicate Dynamite's next start could come in the $75,000 Chou Croute Breeders' Cup, a 1 1/16-mile dirt race on Feb. 17.