Updated on 09/17/2011 11:14AM

Scary moment in a final work for the Classic

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Medaglia d'Oro will start from post 2 in Sunday's $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

DEL MAR, Calif. - All jockey Julie Krone wanted Thursday morning was a chance to get acquainted with Candy Ride. All trainer Ron McAnally wanted was a nice, easy workout to set up the South American import for Sunday's $1 million Pacific Classic.

The work went fine, but then both Hall of Famers held their breath as Candy Ride and Krone deftly sidestepped a potentially calamitous situation unfolding before them.

A pair of horses who were training became entangled, and an exercise rider was dislodged only yards in front of Candy Ride as he was galloping out following his work. With little room to spare, and little time to react, Candy Ride and Krone altered course, avoided the horses and riders, and emerged unscathed. The horses and riders who became entangled were not injured, either.

"It was like one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, and they were right there in front of me," Krone said. "I saw the rider in front of me, and I yelled, 'Don't move, don't move.' He probably thought I was going to hit him. He sat back down. I was flying. Candy Ride put his ears up. He saw it before I did. That made me look. I said, 'Good boy.' "

Krone was named to ride Candy Ride on Wednesday, replacing Gary Stevens, who was injured in an accident in last Saturday's Arlington Million. Candy Ride was scheduled for his final workout Thursday, and McAnally and Krone both agreed it was an ideal time for her to get acquainted with the unbeaten 4-year-old.

Candy Ride went a half-mile, beginning at the three-eighths pole, and finishing at the seven-furlong pole, an eighth of a mile past the wire. He was timed in 47.60 seconds. The situation Candy Ride had to avoid was unfolding at the three-quarter pole, so even though Candy Ride was galloping out, he had just completed his work, and was still going at a strong clip.

"I didn't ask him until the eighth pole, so he was flying, and the rider was down on the bend, which made it harder to see," Krone said.

"It didn't affect his work, but he didn't get to gallop out like we wanted."

Candy Ride was among five horses who were entered on Wednesday night at a postrace cocktail party at the nearby Lodge at Torrey Pines. Candy Ride drew post 3 in the 1 1/4-mile race, just outside Medaglia d'Oro. They are expected to be the top two choices in the betting.

The field, from the rail out, is Fleetstreet Dancer (Tyler Baze the rider), Medaglia d'Oro (Jerry Bailey), Candy Ride (Krone), Kudos (Alex Solis), and Milwaukee Brew (Edgar Prado). Under the weight-for-age conditions of the race, all runners carry 124 pounds.

Kudos also completed his serious training for the race on Thursday morning by working five furlongs in 59.80 seconds.