02/29/2016 12:06PM

Candy Ride sons off to strong start at stud

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Barbara D. Livingston
Converge wins the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes by three-quarters of a length.

Converge won the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, giving sire Sidney’s Candy his first stakes winner and completing a unique trifecta for grandsire Candy Ride. The latter is represented by three young sons at stud, all track-record-setting Grade 1 winners who have sired stakes-winning 3-year-olds from their first crops. They are Twirling Candy, standing alongside Candy Ride at Lane’s End; Sidney’s Candy, standing at WinStar Farm; and Misremembered, at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms.

Twirling Candy was a graded stakes winner on dirt, turf, and synthetic, with his biggest victory coming in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes. He finished second on last year’s freshman sire list and is represented by two stakes winners in 2016, with Iron Rob winning the Baffle Stakes at Santa Anita and Twirling Cinnamon winning the Space City Stakes at Sam Houston.

Converge is the most accomplished runner from the first crop of Santa Anita Derby winner Sidney’s Candy, also a graded winner on dirt, turf, and synthetic.

The millionaire Misremembered won the Santa Anita Handicap and three other stakes. He was represented by his first U.S. stakes winner earlier this year, as Nightly News took the Turf Paradise Derby.

Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
Candy Ride Himself should be included in a very short list of great race horses, and IMHO he will go down as an equal to one of the greatest race horses and greatest sires of all time, only time will tell, but what a fantastic beginning. Too few great race horses have been great sires, but this guy is going to make a difference in thoroughbred breeding, like Storm Cat and Seattle Slew. For that reason, I have never been on the Secretariat bandwagon. The other detraction from Secretariats legacy, was that he was beaten by some pretty common horses, and Sham made him run his best,even when Sham broke down in the Belmont. They beat each other once, and in the rematch, Sham broke down. Candy Ride had a very short career, but was never beaten, American Pharoah was beaten 20% of his short career. Very few retire undefeated and win grade one races. I'll take a Candy Ride over any stud standing today, because he is going to repeat himself. He is also a great outcross to American breds.
Jack Armstead More than 1 year ago
Candy Ride did smoke the famous Medaglia d'Oro in the Pacific Classic, circa 2002-03? I remember watching Candy Ride and he always looked like he was on the wrong lead at the end of a race... except in that Pacific Classic with Julie Krone. Maybe he was just green, but; he really liked to compete and didn't lose. His son, Twirling Candy seemed to be a little bit of a "head-case" (on the turf only), but; when Rosario finally let him run in the stretch... there were no issues; he lit it up.