JOEL ROSARIO (Sidney's Candy) -- "John (trainer John Sadler) doesn't
want me to fight him. We've got to let him do what he does. He broke so
sharp and he just wanted to go. So I let him go. I knew we were going
fast, but he's such a good horse he can do that. When we turned for
home, I opened up with him. I didn't want to be caught. He just kept on
going and he wasn't that tired at the end. He's a really nice horse."
DAVID FLORES (Kid Edward) -- "It was a good race for him. He was
comfortable out there and running well. Those two horses up front
(Sidney's Candy and Macias) were going so fast, I thought sure they'd
come back to us. But Sidney's Candy is too much horse. But this was a
good one for my horse. It will set him up well for the mile and an
eighth (Del Mar Derby on Sept. 5)."
MIKE SMITH (Alphie's Bet) -- "This colt ran big today. Good race for him. The winner was gone."
JOHN SADLER (Sidney's Candy) -- "I knew he was going to take care of
the other horse, I was just a little worried that he might set it up
for a closer. He's a very good horse and a unique horse in that he set
a track record as a 2-year-old on the Polytrack [5 1/2 furlongs] and
then again at 3 on the grass. He's a very good horse; a little unlucky
in a couple of races and things didn't go right for him in Kentucky,
but he's one of the best 3-year-olds around. This was a very fast race
today. We'll see how he comes out of it before we go forward with him.
And we have Twirling Candy [winner of the Oceanside Stakes], too. We'll
have a lot of choices. I think I'll have the favorite in the Del Mar
In running 1:39.52 for the mile and one-sixteenth on the turf course,
Sidney's Candy broke a course record of 1:39.67 set on September 2,
2006 by Mea Domina.
This is Sidney's Candy's second record-breaking performance at Del Mar.
Last year, as a 2-year-old, he set a main track (Polytrack) record of
1:02.71 for five and one-half furlongs.
The stakes win was the third of the meet for rider Joel Rosario and his
second in the La Jolla. He now has a total of 10 stakes wins at Del
The stakes win was the second of the meet for John Sadler, but his
first in the La Jolla. He now has a total of 34 stakes wins at Del Mar,
ninth best all-time among conditioners.