07/31/2011 5:23PM

Saratoga: Sidney's Candy scores for new connections in Fourstardave

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Barbara D. Livingston
Sidney's Candy became a millionaire with his victory in the $150,000 race.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Sidney’s Candy became racing’s newest millionaire and gave trainer Todd Pletcher his second Grade 2 victory of the weekend when registering a 1 1/4-length victory over Moryba and five other outclassed rivals in Sunday’s $150,000 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga. Pletcher had won the Grade 2 Jim Dandy the previous afternoon with Stay Thirsty.

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Sidney’s Candy was purchased privately by a partnership headed by WinStar Farm and turned over to Pletcher late this spring. A 4-year-old son of Candy Ride, Sidney’s Candy was allowed to set a pedestrian pace under jockey John Velazquez, turning in fractions of 25.83 seconds, 50.49, and 1:14.35 for the opening six furlongs of the 1 1/16-mile Fourstardave. The field began to close in briefly on the leader turning into the stretch, but the soft pace allowed Sidney’s Candy to have more than enough left in the tank to fend off all challenges when roused by Velazquez at the head of the lane.

Moryba, who attended the winner from the outset, held on gamely to finish second, a half-length in front of the rail-skimming Beau Choix. They were followed in turn by Blues Street, Turallure, Paris Vegas, and Voodoo Swing.

Sidney’s Candy, winner of the 2010 Santa Anita Derby, earned $90,000 for the victory, swelling his lifetime bankroll to $1,043,560. Sidney’s Candy completed the distance in 1:43.25 and paid $2.60.

“He relaxed beautifully,” said Pletcher. “I thought it was a very professional effort.”

Pletcher admitted he had a few anxious moments when the field closed in entering the stretch.

“One disadvantage to setting a slow pace is that you leave everyone in the race, and I wasn’t sure how he’d quicken racing over softer ground than he was used to on the West Coast,” said Pletcher.

Pletcher said he would leave his options open for the versatile Sidney’s Candy’s next start, mentioning the Forego, the Woodward, or “something on turf.”