Chris Candies jumped back into racing after a near eight-year hiatus last month, when he won a Louisiana Downs optional claimer with Epiphanyfortiffany. He owns the filly and said this fall he plans to get back into training in a return that will coincide with the opening of Fair Grounds.\r\nCandies operated a high-percentage stable between 1995 and 2003, when he raced in Louisiana, Texas, and Illinois. His best horses included T.B. Track Star, who won the $300,000 Lone Star Derby in 1999, and Caro&rsquo;s Royalty, a multiple stakes winner of more than $500,000.\r\nBut the success came at a young age, and Candies, who turned 40 in March, said he soon found himself burned out on what can be a demanding sport. He gave up his stable and went to work for a petroleum inspection company his father co-owns in Houma, La.\r\n&ldquo;I missed the game,&rdquo; said Candies, who has been spending some time at Louisiana Downs. &ldquo;I missed something I thought I was good at. I think it was my calling. So my plan is to get back into training. I&rsquo;m looking at taking a small group of about eight to 10 horses to Fair Grounds. It&rsquo;s really nice getting back. People have been real positive, and I&rsquo;m grateful for that. It feels like home.&rdquo;\r\nCandies claimed Epiphanyfortiffany for $17,500 at Louisiana Downs on June 10 and sent her to trainer Sherman Savoie, his former assistant. She won in her first start for her new connections, taking a $35,000 optional claiming allowance route by a neck July 30.\r\n&ldquo;She ran a great race, did everything right&rdquo; Savoie said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re thinking about running her in the River Cities. We&rsquo;re not for sure, but we&rsquo;re thinking about it. She&rsquo;s doing good right now.&rdquo;\r\nThe $50,000 River Cities, for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf, will be run on the Super Derby undercard Sept. 25.\r\nCandies will operate a public stable when he returns to training and said he has horse commitments from Bobby Asaro, who raced Caro&rsquo;s Royalty, and Greg Hoffman, for whom he trained multiple stakes winner Lightening Ball.\r\nSimilar schedule sought for 2011 \r\nLouisiana Downs has submitted its dates request for 2011 and is seeking a schedule similar to the current calendar that was adjusted this year in order to open and close the meet earlier than scheduled. The track has asked for an 84-date Thoroughbred meet for 2011, from May 6 through Sept. 25. Louisiana Downs also is seeking a 46-date Quarter Horse meet from Jan. 8 to March 23.\r\nThe requests will be considered at the Louisiana Racing Commission meeting Aug. 30.\r\nIn other date submissions to be heard at the meeting, Evangeline Downs has asked for an 89-date Thoroughbred meet next year, from April 6 to Sept. 5. The track has asked to race on a Wednesday through Saturday night basis. Delta Downs, meanwhile, is seeking a 46-date meet for Quarter Horses from April 16 to July 3.\r\nLouisiana awards dates at two different times during the year, with some of its meets already set for 2011.\r\n◗ Cape San Blas heads Thursday&rsquo;s second race, a $35,000 optional claiming sprint for 3-year-olds and up that also drew the stakes-placed Pantara Phantom and wire-to-wire threat Ranger Danger.