04/06/2016 12:56PM

Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Danzing Candy

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Shigeki Kikkawa
San Felipe Stakes winner Danzing Candy has a very diverse pedigree.

Danzing Candy
By Twirling Candy-Talkin and Singing, Songandaprayer

There’s a little bit of everything in San Felipe Stakes winner Danzing Candy’s pedigree – turf and dirt, sprinters and stayers. The colt, by promising young sire Twirling Candy, has emerged as one of the West Coast’s leading Kentucky Derby candidates entering this weekend’s Santa Anita Derby.

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Danzing Candy is the most accomplished runner out of the placed Songandaprayer mare Talkin and Singing, whose two starters are both winners. In all of her top-three finishes, the mare was a pace factor before being overtaken late – much in the mold of her sire, who is best known for setting a blistering pace in the 2001 Kentucky Derby before fading.

The rest of the female family adds some stamina – albeit on turf. Talkin and Singing is a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Better Talk Now, a five-time Grade 1 winner who earned more than $4.3 million.

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Danzing Candy is from the first crop of the versatile Twirling Candy, who finished a distant second to Uncle Mo on last year’s freshman sire list. His runners have trained on well following the turn of the calendar, with two stakes winners this year in addition to Danzing Candy.

Twirling Candy is by Candy Ride, a multisurface sire whose foals have excelled at longer distances, highlighted by champion Shared Belief and millionaire Misremembered, both winners of the Santa Anita Handicap. Candy Ride is now represented by three young sons at stud in Misremembered, Twirling Candy, and Sidney’s Candy, each with a stakes-winning 3-year-old in their first crop. Misremembered is the sire of Louisiana Derby third-place finisher and Kentucky Derby hopeful Dazzling Gem.

– Nicole Russo

John Murray More than 1 year ago
Hi Nicole,

Good article and I think you are on to something, namely Candy Ride`s lineage seems to be growing but hidden under the glow of Uncle Mo, War Front, Kitten`s Joy, Tapit, etc.

How about a more in depth stallion line story about Candy Ride`s growing influence along with his 3 sons Twirling C, Sydney`s C and Misremembered who are filling out the second crop sire list.

All are reasonably priced and although it is still early, they do seem to improve with distance and age, as you mentioned.

There are several in the Santa Anita Derby: Danzing C, Iron Rob maybe others, plus Gun Runner won Louisiana Derby, if I remember correctly.

Big year for Candy Rides and I am unaware that this has been chronicled in more detail, apologies if I am incorrect.

Thanks and Cheers
john g More than 1 year ago
Twirling Candy, if I'm not mistaken, had a pretty impressive record on the track. raced 11 times, and 7-1-1, including Oceanside stakes, Delmar Derby G-2, Goodwood stakes G-2 1 1/8, Malibu G-1 1 1/8, Strub G-2 1 1/8, SA Handicap 1 1/4 5'th., Ca. stakes G-2 1 1/8 1'st., Hollywood Gold cup 1 1/4 3'rd., Pacifac Classic (big Cap) G-1 1 1/4 2'nd.. 
5  G-1's, 3 G-2's . Not too shabby!