05/09/2006 11:00PM

Off a year, Candid Glen resumes training


Candid Glen is back in training. A winner of over $1.1 million on turf, he had his first work in about a year last week at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La.

"I think he's very happy to be back," said Andrew Leggio Jr., who trains Candid Glen, a 9-year-old gelding, for Glen Warren.

Candid Glen has not raced since May 30, 2005, when he finished fifth in the off-the-turf Barksdale Handicap at Louisiana Downs. He was found to have a suspensory injury and has been rehabbing on a farm in Louisiana. He recently resumed serious training and breezed three furlongs in 38.80 seconds here May 4.

"He did well," said Leggio. "He was anxious to do it. He's a very aggressive horse."

Leggio said there is no timeline for Candid Glen's return and that he and Warren will take the comeback one day at a time. Candid Glen is a five-time stakes winner, with his biggest victory coming in the Grade 2 Explosive Bid Handicap at Fair Grounds in March 2003.

Candid Glen has also won a record three runnings of the Connally Breeders' Cup Turf at Sam Houston Race Park, from 2001 to 2003. He has won 11 of 45 starts and $1,243,830.

Also working for Leggio last week at Louisiana Downs was Happy Ticket, who breezed five furlongs in 1:02.40 at the track Tuesday. It was Happy Ticket's first drill since she finished second in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park on April 8. Leggio said Happy Ticket remains on schedule for the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 17. Her year-end goal is the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

'The Beter Man' to Fusaichi Pegasus

The Beter Man Can is scheduled to be bred this season to Fusaichi Pegasus, said Pat Mouton, who trained The Beter Man Can for Stanley Seelig. The Beter Man Can was retired earlier this year with a ligament injury. She won six stakes during her career, including the Tiffany Lass at Fair Grounds.

In all, The Beter Man Can won 8 of 12 starts and $338,828. She closed her career with three straight wins, including the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies and the Lagniappe Ladies, both this past winter during the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs.

The Beter Man Can is a 4-year-old by Lord Avie. Fusaichi Pegasus won the Kentucky Derby in 2000.

Ruffian movie shot at track

Scenes for a movie based on the life of Ruffian were shot during downtime at Louisiana Downs. The film is an ESPN production and is scheduled to be broadcast next June, said Mark Midland, vice president of racing operations at Louisiana Downs.

"It was very exciting to have them down here," he said. "They shot about two months."

Midland said filming at Louisiana Downs wrapped the week of April 15. He said the crew also shot at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Ruffian won the Acorn, Mother Goose, and Coaching Club in New York. She broke down in a match race with Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure in 1975.

Among those who were part of the shoot at Louisiana Downs was jockey Francisco Torres.

Final Draft heads feature on Friday

Final Draft ran the best race of his career in his last start, when he dueled throughout and finished second to Charging Indian in an optional claiming race at Oaklawn Park on March 10. Friday, he will make his first start since that race in a six-furlong optional claimer at Louisiana Downs.

Charging Indian went on to win a Keeneland allowance one start after his win at Oaklawn.

Final Draft shows a pair of easy breezes since the race. He will face six others in the first race Friday, including Nuttyboom, Big John Dempsey, Monsieur Danseur, and Western Acres.

Final Draft has finished in the money in 10 of his 11 starts. Luis Quinonez has the mount on Final Draft for Hammer Ranch and trainer Ralph Irwin.

* Louisiana Downs will offer $1 hot dogs and $1 beer every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. as part of a new promotion. The "happy hour" will be held in a newly renovated section of the first floor of the grandstand, where new plasma televisions have been installed.

* In a new policy, all stakes purses will pay 1 percent to horses finishing in sixth through last places.