07/25/2011 6:02PM

Saratoga: Sidney's Candy appears headed to Fourstardave on turf

A sizzling workout on the grass has convinced the connections of Sidney's Candy that the Fourstardave Handicap on turf is a better option than the Whitney on dirt.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Pending a change of heart by his connections after reviewing weight assignments, Sidney’s Candy will make his next start in Sunday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Fourstardave Handicap at 1 1/16 miles over Saratoga’s inner turf course.

The decision to target the Fourstardave came one day after Sidney’s Candy worked a sensational five furlongs in 57.54 seconds over the Oklahoma turf course. Sidney’s Candy has won graded stakes on dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces and was initially being pointed to the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap Invitational at 1 1/8 miles on dirt here on Aug. 6.

But Elliott Walden, president/CEO/racing manager for owner WinStar Farm, is concerned about Sidney’s Candy trying to carry his speed 1 1/8 miles in what is shaping up to be a field laden with front-running types in the Whitney. Also by running this weekend, Sidney’s Candy could come back and run in a dirt race such as the Grade 1 Forego going seven furlongs here on Sept. 3.

“Timing-wise it could put us in a position to look at a number of things for his next start,’’ trainer Todd Pletcher said. “He seems to be a very versatile horse. I don’t think we would rule anything out.’’

On Sunday, John Velazquez was aboard Sidney’s Candy, who went off in fractions of 11.83, 23.31, and 35.09 seconds, and then completed the five furlongs in 57.54. At the wire, Velazquez asked the horse to continue on and he galloped out an extra eighth in 11.89.

“As far as fast works, I think there are good ones and bad ones,’’ Pletcher said. “In my eyes that was a pretty good one; it was all done at the tail end. He went 35-and-change and finished in 22-and-change. Sometimes they go real fast early and fall in a heap late; I don’t like those kind of works. It was done the right way, he cooled out well, he cleaned up his breakfast and dinner, and looked good this morning.’’
Among the horses Sidney’s Candy will face in the Fourstardave is Get Stormy, who won this race last year and has won two Grade  1 races this year. On Monday, Get Stormy worked five furlongs in 1:00.32 over the Oklahoma turf course.