03/17/2016 12:40PM

Twirling Candy gets boost at OBS

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Twirling Candy’s first crop has served him well, led on the track by Kentucky Derby contender Danzing Candy, who won the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes last weekend.

In the auction ring, his first foals were led at the 2015 OBS March sale by the $630,000 filly Uptown Twirl and the $500,000 colt Play Big, and by Conquest Neighpalm, who was the second-most-expensive offering at last year’s Barretts March sale of select 2-year-olds in training at $400,000.

The stallion’s second crop helped him take the next step at this year’s OBS March sale, accounting for two of the top four prices.

A colt out of the Henny Hughes mare Sage Mist went to the partnership of Al Shaqab Racing, WinStar Farm, and China Horse Club for $850,000, while a filly out of the Menifee mare Felicitee sold to bloodstock agency Solis/Litt for $825,000. Both juveniles were the second-most-expensive offerings of their respective sessions.

That pair became the two highest-priced auction graduates of any age by Twirling Candy, whose 18 juveniles to sell in 2015 averaged $186,000. The average yearling sale price for his first two crops rose 20 percent from $43,009 in 2014 to $51,458 in 2015.

Twirling Candy, a 9-year-old son of Candy Ride, stands at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., for an advertised fee of $15,000.