02/05/2011 6:35PM

Capt. Candyman Can rallies to win comeback in Super Stakes at Tampa

John Duca/Tom Cooley
Capt. Candyman Can wins the Super Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

OLDSMAR, Fla. – Capt. Candyman Can, making his first start since finishing eighth in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, justifed his role as the 2-1 favorite by rallying down the middle of the stretch and wearing down longshot Legal Move in the late stages to post a half-length win in then 21st running of the $75,000 Super Stakes.

Under a well-judged ride by Frederic Lenclud, Capt. Candyman Can raced in close striking distance of a solid pace duel between Conchacer and Legal Move that included a quarter-mile in 23.01 seconds and half-mile in 46.20. Leaving the turn, Lenclud sent his mount outside the top two runners. With Conchacer tiring and being steadied by his rider, Capt. Candyman Can finished resolutely to wear down the surprising 123-1 Legal Move in the late stages. The latter was more than two lengths in front of a late-closing A Diehl, with Concacher fourth. Second choice See I A faded to last after pressing the early pace outside.

Capt. Candyman Can returned $6 while earning the $30,000 winner's share. The win was the first for Capt. Candyman Can since he took the Matt Winn at Churchill in May 2009. It was the seventh win from 13 lifetime starts for the Ian WIlkes trainee.