04/01/2013 4:09PM

Gulfstream Park: Capt. Candyman Can retired

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Barbara D. Livingston
Capt. Candyman Can has been retired and will be trained to become a stable pony.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Ian Wilkes announced that his Grade 1 winner Capt. Candyman Can has been retired following his sixth-place finish in Saturday’s Sir Shackleton Stakes, a race he’d won here two years earlier.

Capt. Candyman Can, now 7, gave Wilkes the first Grade 1 win of his career when he was placed first on a disqualification in the King’s Bishop at Saratoga in August 2009.

“He bled in the race today, and we don’t want to do anything to hurt this horse,” Wilkes said. “He’s been a lot of fun for us, and he holds a special place in my heart.”

Wilkes said Capt. Candyman Can will return to the racetrack later this year as a stable pony after some time at Starlight Training Center near Churchill Downs.

“We’ll give him a little time off, bring him out to Starlight, and take our time making him into a pony,” Wilkes said. “I won’t rush him. Everyone loves him around the barn, so it will be great to still be able to have him around with us.”

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will never forget that race the King's Bishop. That DQ cost me a few thousand. Since then I have had my horse DQ 5 times including this past Sunday at Gulfstream where my horse was Dq on a jockey's objection. I have never been put up.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Great job some trainers only care about the $$$$ not the horse.He could have called Ness or RUDY OR THE GREAT RD FOR MEDS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ian W-always does the right thing...CCM-nice horse, but man, on man, I never got him right at the window. brutus
james f andriacchi More than 1 year ago
CLASS ACT WE NEED MORE TRAINERS LIKE THIS.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
RIGHT ON, IAN.
LeslieH0101 More than 1 year ago
Hope CCC has a good horse life with his racetrack family!
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Saw this retirement coming ! A very good race horse that always gave his best....
RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
love Wilkes and the way he does things..class act! a good horse that was fun to watch over the years..
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
Hopefully he can be the Lava Man of the East Coast.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
All OK!!! A nice nice horse goes out but ain't going away. Thanks Candyman.