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No Del Mar Derby for Sidney's Candy

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"It's unlikely that he'll run at Del Mar again this meet," trainer John Sadler said this morning of Sidney's Candy, his spectacular winner of Saturday's La Jolla Handicap, the major prep for the Grade II, $300,000 Del Mar Derby on Sunday, September 5.

 

"That race was pretty fast, so I don't expect to bring him back again [this meet]," the trainer said. "He came back from the race in great shape and he looks wonderful," he continued as he watched the Candy Ride colt being jogged up and down the horse path near his barn.

 

Sidney's Candy, in an all-out speed duel with Macias through 6 furlongs, won by 5 1/2 lengths in the record time of 1:39.52 for the 1 1/16 miles on the turf. The previous record was 1:39.67 set by Mea Domina in the 2006 Palomar Handicap.

 

The three finishers closest to Sidney's Candy are moving on to the Derby, their trainers said this morning. "Definitely, we're going on to the Derby," said Jim Cassidy of his runner-up, Kid Edward. "He ran a big race. He closed a lot of ground." Alexis Barba, whose Alphie's Bet finished third, said he would be pointed to the Derby, also, as will fourth-place finisher Summer Movie, according to his trainer, Art Sherman.

 

While Sadler probably won't be saddling Sidney's Candy for the Derby, he will have another Candy Ride colt to send out in the 1 1/8-mile race. That would be Twirling Candy, the impressive winner of the one-mile Oceanside Stakes on opening day, Wednesday, July 21. Also, Sadler said he would nominate Twirling Candy to the Grade I, $1-million Pacific Classic Presented by TVG to be run Saturday, August 28.

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