01/30/2009 12:00AM

Capt. Candyman Can relaxes in win


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The one question trainer Ian Wilkes was hoping to answer in Friday's $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes was can Capt. Candyman Can relax? What Wilkes found out after his Kentucky Derby hopeful outlasted a game Hello Broadway by 1 1/2 lengths to win the Grade 2 dash was, yes he can.

Under patient handling from jockey Julien Leparoux, Capt. Candyman Can eased off the early leaders near the half-mile pole, rallied three wide under confident handling to join for command into the stretch, and then, after taking a short lead, was fully extended to withstand Hello Broadway before gradually edging clear at the end.

The victory was the fourth on the day for Leparoux.

"All I was looking for was for him to relax, whether he was in front or behind," said Wilkes, who trains Capt. Candyman Can for owners Joseph Rauch and David Zell. "That's what all the work we've been doing in the morning has been for, although they still have to be able to execute what they learn in the morning in the afternoon. I really liked the way he listened to Julien today."

Hello Broadway held on with good determination despite engaging in an early pace duel with Rocketing Returns and being headed by the winner in early stretch. It was another 4 1/2 lengths farther back to Bee Cee Cee, who finished third.

Break Water Edison turned in a disappointing effort, finishing sixth and last while making his first start since winning the Grade 3 Nashua in his 2-year-old finale.

Capt. Candyman Can, a son of Candy Ride, paid $7.40 after covering seven furlongs in 1:23.69 over a fast track.

"The Fountain of Youth would be the next logical step," Wilkes said. "I'd love to keep him at one turn again but keep him in the direction we're going later on."

Forward Gal: Frolic's Dream gets revenge

Earlier Friday, Frolic's Dream avenged her only loss and did so in style by winning the Grade 2, $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes. Gemswick Park, who outlasted Frolic's Dream by a nose to win the Old Hat, tired badly after setting the early pace and finished fifth in a field of six 3-year-old fillies. Frolic's Dream finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of runner-up Renda in the Forward Gal.

Frolic's Dream prompted the early pace while floated out near the middle of the track by Gemswick Park, wrested command leaving the three-eighths pole, settled into the stretch with a commanding advantage, and was never seriously menaced while drifting out some at the end. Renda lagged well off the early leaders following a slow start, advanced boldly on the turn, and continued willingly to finish 10 lengths in front of third-place finisher Dr. Zic.

Frolic's Dream, a homebred daughter of Smoke Glacken, is owned by Dare to Dream Farm and trained by Marty Wolfson. She ran seven furlongs in 1:24.15 and paid $5.

"She should be undefeated," Wolfson said. "I think she'd have won the Old Hat with the post positions reversed. This race unfolded like I expected, and seven furlongs is a perfect distance for her because she can relax."