09/28/2004 11:00PM

Candid Glen ready for his comeback

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Candid Glen, here winning his third straight Connally BC, has not raced since July of last year.

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Candid Glen, who has earned $1.2 million by winning some of the most significant turf races in the region, is nearing a comeback. He has not started since finishing eighth to Honor and War in the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap on July 26, 2003.

Candid Glen, a 7-year-old gelding, was sidelined with a suspensory injury.

"I've got him about ready to run," said Andrew Leggio, who trains Candid Glen for Glen Warren. "We took our time, laid him up, and did everything we were supposed to do. We brought him back real slow. Hopefully, he'll do well when he comes back."

Candid Glen is training so strongly that Leggio wanted to start the gelding in the $150,000 Louisiana Downs Breeders' Cup Handicap over 1 1/16 miles last Sunday.

"I was thinking of running him in the race, but I just didn't think he was fit enough," said Leggio.

Instead, the trainer plans to bring Candid Glen back at a distance of 7 1/2 furlongs.

Candid Glen has won the Grade 2 Explosive Bid at Fair Grounds, as well as three straight runnings of the $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup at Sam Houston.

Two possible spots for Happy Ticket

Happy Ticket, who remained undefeated in four career starts with her win in the $50,000 Seneca on Sept. 18, will make her next start in one of two races, said Leggio, her trainer.

She could return to racing with Louisiana-breds in the $75,000 Louisiana Breeders' Oaks at a 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 23, or cut back to seven furlongs for the $150,000 Stonerside Stakes at Lone Star on Oct. 29.

Happy Ticket made her two-turn debut in the Seneca.

"It didn't bother her at all," said Leggio. "I think she got a little tired the last sixteenth of a mile, but she still prevailed and that's what counts. She got a lot out of the race."

Happy Ticket won her debut over six furlongs at Louisiana Downs on June 4, then returned to win an entry-level allowance at the same distance July 2. She made her stakes debut one start later, and won the seven-furlong Elge Raspberry for statebreds before racing over turf for the first time in the Seneca.

* Genuine Miss, who was a six-length maiden winner two starts ago, is one of the top contenders in Friday's featured ninth race, an allowance that carries a claiming option of $40,000. Luis Quinonez will ride the 2-year-old filly for trainer Bret Calhoun.

* A total of 252 horses have been cataloged to Monday's annual yearling sale put on by the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana. Following the yearling portion of the sale there will be a mixed session. The sale starts at 10 a.m. and will be held at Louisiana Downs.

* Louisiana Downs was to begin its fall meet on Thursday. As a result, purses decline from $200,000 a day to $150,000.