10/11/2011 11:36AM

Woodbine: Candy Bull drops into claiming ranks


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Phil Gracey sends out the uncoupled twosome of Candy Bull and Jolson in Thursday’s third race at Woodbine, a six-furlong sprint for $40,000 nonwinners-of-two stock.

Candy Bull, a 4-year-old Candy Ride gelding, is competing in the selling ranks for the first time. He showed some promise when he debuted in June, finishing second in a seven-furlong maiden special.

Candy Bull got the job done when he cut back to six furlongs July 13, despite getting away slowly. He came from a stalking position to prevail by a neck, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 78.

Candy Bull’s two allowance tries were forgettable, although he did get a 76 Beyer for his fading fifth-place finish going long Aug. 6. He breezed an easy half-mile in 50 seconds on Sept. 27 and appears to be in fine fettle. Steve Bahen will ride him again.

Jolson has run many solid races, but the 4-year-old has never crossed the wire on top. After ending up second in back-to-back maiden specials in June, with a 78 Beyer on each occasion, he graduated by disqualification in a five-furlong maiden dash July 3.

Jolson was only an early factor in his two allowance attempts in August, including one on the grass. Most recently, he prevailed in a front-end battle before weakening to second in a $40,000 conditioned claimer that was taken off the turf.

David Clark, who rode Jolson in all 18 of his races, has the mount.

Takiddm will likely be favored off his narrow loss in a seven-furlong event at this $40,000 class Sept. 15.

Takiddm was a precocious 2-year-old in 2009, when he wound up second in two restricted stakes. He was a wide seventh in allowance company following a 1 1/2-year layoff last June and then checked in fourth in a weak allowance in August before his improved last effort.

Luis Contreras will ride Takiddm for trainer Josie Carroll.

Big Band Sound was a capable turf sprinter last fall in Maryland, before going to the sidelines. He finished ninth in a key race in his lone appearance this year here in May.

Governor Khalifa rode an outside bias in his maiden victory when he debuted Sept. 15. He was scooped up that day for $16,000 by trainer Kevin Attard, who has a 25 percent strike rate first-time off the claim from an eight-race sample over the past five years.

Completing the field are longshots By Chance to Dream and Brain Power.