Photo: Benoit Photo
Through process of elimination, Candrea is scheduled to make her
first start on turf in Sunday’s $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes for older
fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside course.
“I don’t know where else to run her,” Bob Baffert said Friday
morning, between light sprinkles and a mix of clouds and sunshine at
Clockers’ Corner. “It’s the only spot, so I’m taking a chance. She
didn’t like two turns, so we’ll try this.”
A 4-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Trippi, Candrea was fifth
by 7 ½ lengths in the mile and one-sixteenth Paseana Handicap on Jan.
13. She was second in the Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs on
Dec. 26 after winning an allowance race at 6 ½ furlongs at Betfair
Hollywood Park Nov. 29.
The field for the Wishing Well: Byrama, Rafael Bejarano; Rumor,
Mike Smith; Curvy Cat, Corey Nakatani; Sizzling Gold, Agapito
Delgadillo; Nachez Dawn, Garrett Gomez; Madera Castana, Victor Carrero;
Givine, Tyler Baze; Candrea, Martin Garcia; Jet Blue Girl, Julien
Leparoux; Purim’s Dancer, Gary Stevens; Schiaparelli, Joe Talamo;
Dancingtothestars, Mario Gutierrez; and also-eligible Unkept Rendezvous,