The Craig Family Trust's Sidney's Candy, the 7-5 betting
favorite, turned in a record-setting performance Saturday in romping to a
brilliant triumph in the featured $150,000 La Jolla Handicap under jockey Joel
Furthering his status as one of the top three-year-olds in
America, Sidney's Candy dashed to the lead shortly after the break, was closely
pressed by the speedy Macias, shook off that one in the middle of the far turn
to open a commanding 13-length advantage in the upper stretch and cruised to
the wire 5 1/2 lengths in front.
Sidney's Candy's time of 1:39.52 for the mile and
one-sixteenth over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course bettered the course
record of 1:39.67 set by Mea Domina four years ago in the Palomar Handicap.
Irish-bred Kid Edward, highly-regarded in the betting at
3-1, closed strongly to shade longshot Alphie's Bet by a half-length for
second, with Summer Movie another
2 1/4 lengths back in fourth.
Sidney's Candy, winner of the Santa Anita Derby last winter
but a disappointing 17th to Super Saver in the subsequent Kentucky
Derby, earned $90,000 with his fifth success in nine starts. His earnings now
total $803,560. As an indication of the Candy Ride colt's versatility, as a
two-year-old last summer, he set a Polytrack record for 51/2 furlongs of
1:02.71 in breaking his maiden in his second start.
En route to his course record in the La Jolla 'Cap Saturday,
the John Sadler-conditioned chestnut colt
reeled off blazingly fast fractions of :23.10, :45.81, 1:08.91 and
1:33.09 for the mile.
Sidney's Candy returned $4.80, $3.40 and $3. Kid Edward paid
$3.40 and $3.40, while third-place Alphie's Bet returned $5.20 to show.
The La Jolla Handicap is the final steppingstone to the
$300,000 Del Mar Derby on Sunday, Sept. 5. In addition to Sidney's Candy,
Sadler also trains the winner of the opening-day Oceanside Stakes, the talented
Twirling Candy, another son of Candy Ride also owned by the Craig Family Trust.
Sidney's Candy was the centerpiece of an unusual three-race
sweep by sons of Candy Ride, the 2003 Pacific Classic winner. Clubhouse Ride
won the eighth race for a $23.60 payoff, followed by Sidney's Candy in the La
Jolla and culminating with Sugarinthemornings $16 upset in the tenth and final
Candy Ride stands at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky
for a $25,000 stud fee.
Sidney's Candy provided Rosario with his lone winner of the
afternoon, pulling him back into a
28-28 tie with Rafael Bejarano atop the Del Mar jockey standings. The latter
had four winners.
For a second consecutive afternoon dominated by
longshots, there were no perfect
tickets in the Pick Six. Thus, Sunday's Del Mar program will feature a huge
Pick Six carryover of $846,824.40. Post time for the first race will be 2 p.m.,
with the Pick Six conducted on races four through nine.