11/06/2016 10:08AM

Country Candy leads all the way in Darby's Daughter

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Country Candy holds off Gold Shock to win the Darby's Daughter on Saturday night at Retama Park.

Country Candy led throughout for a neck win over Gold Shock in Saturday night’s $65,000 Darby’s Daughter division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park near San Antonio. The race was one of two restricted stakes on the card. Imma Wild Bling rolled by 5 1/4 lengths in the $65,000 My Dandy division of the Texas Stallion Stakes.

Both races were for 2-year-olds at six furlongs. They were restricted to the offspring of eligible stallions.

Country Candy ($4.80) broke on top in the Darby’s Daughter and set a pressured pace of 22.97 seconds for the opening quarter and 46.24 for the half-mile. In the drive she held off a surging Gold Shock to cover the distance on a fast track in 1:10.72.

David Cabrera rode Country Candy for Keene Thoroughbreds and trainer J.R. Caldwell.

Country Candy won the second stakes race of her career behind the Evangeline Downs Princess. She is a daughter of Intimidator and she was bred by Keith Asmussen, father of Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.

Imma Wild Bling ($37.60) stalked Get Loud through an opening half-mile in 45.73 seconds, moved to the fore in the stretch, then opened up on his rivals to cover the distance in 1:10.67. Danny Sorenson rode the winner for Chuck Fisher and trainer Charles Haverkamp.

Imma Wild Bling is a son of Too Much Bling and he was bred by Hall’s Family Trust.