08/27/2011 11:37AM

Saratoga: Sidney's Candy works five furlongs; will next stop be Woodward or Forego?

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Barbara D. Livingston
Todd Pletcher and WinStar Farm have to decide whether to run Sidney's Candy seven furlongs or 1 1/8 miles next weekend.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Sidney’s Candy on Saturday completed preparations for his next start by working five furlongs over Saratoga’s main track in 1:03.42. What the next start is going to be has yet to be decided.

Elliott Walden, president of WinStar Farm, the owner of Sidney’s Candy, said Saturday he plans to talk to trainer Todd Pletcher on Sunday about which race to run Sidney’s Candy in. Walden said that race will most likely be next Saturday here in either the $750,000 Woodward at 1 1/8 miles or the $250,000 Forego at seven furlongs.

“I’ll talk to Todd about it tomorrow,” Walden said. “Let him get through today.”

WinStar also has Rule to run in either the Forego or Woodward. Rule comes off a front-running neck victory over Sangaree in an overnight stakes going 1 1/8 miles here on Aug. 4. Rule did finish second in a seven-furlong maiden race in the second start of his career two years ago.

Sidney’s Candy is coming off a front-running score in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap on turf. In his only start over a fast dirt track, Sidney’s Candy won the Grade 3 Beaufort at Santa Anita, a race that was rained off the turf.

In Saturday’s work, Sidney’s Candy went his opening quarter in 25.81 seconds and came home his final three furlongs in 36.61 seconds.

“He went off a little bit slow but finished up really well and galloped out strongly,” Pletcher said. “The horse just steadily trains well, looks good on the dirt, looks good on the grass. The form of the Fourstardave held up pretty well yesterday. I think it’s just a matter of taking a calculated shot at which one we want to try. He’s probably a horse that’s so versatile it makes it harder, there are so many options.”

Meanwhile, Rule worked four furlongs in company with Mission Impazible. The two went four furlongs in 48.08 seconds, galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.16 and six furlongs in 1:13.62. Mission Impazible, who won the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap in March, is coming off a sixth-place finish in the Whitney Handicap on Aug. 6 and is pointing to the Woodward.

“Funny track that day got, he stuck in between horses; he didn’t run badly he just never got into a spot where he could get into his comfort zone,” Pletcher said. “To me, it’s kind of a throw-out race.”

Others pointing to the Woodward include Convocation, Flat Out, Giant Oak, Havre de Grace, Ice Box, and Mambo Meister.

Pletcher said that Caixa Eletronica, who won a starter handicap by a nose on Friday carrying 131 pounds, would return to stakes company in the Grade 2 Kelso at Belmont Park on Oct. 1.

“He’ll probably shed about 14 pounds,” Pletcher quipped.

Noting that Caixa Eletronica came back in 11 days, carried significant weight and ran at a distance that he had never before won at, Pletcher said “you can’t find a horse that tries any harder than he does.”