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Sidney's Candy Looms Large in San Fernando

Grade 1 winner SIDNEY'S CANDY (Candy Ride [Arg]) will seek his second stakes victory of the Santa Anita meet when he lines up for the $150,000 San Fernando S. (G2), and the John Sadler-trained colt will be the one to catch among nine four-year-old rivals in the 1 1/16-mile event. The chestnut exits a 7 1/4-length romp in the opening-day Sir Beaufort S. (G3), which was moved from turf to the new main track, and he'll stick with dirt against a less-than-imposing cast of challengers Saturday.

The San Fernando will share the spotlight Saturday with a pair of graded stakes for three-year-olds, the $100,000 Sham (G3) for males and $150,000 Santa Ynez (G2) for fillies.

Sidney's Candy established himself as top Kentucky Derby (G1) contender with convincing stakes victories over Santa Anita's Pro-Ride in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), San Felipe S. (G2) and San Vicente S. (G2) last year, but he faltered when trying dirt for the first time at Churchill Downs, experiencing a rough trip from post 20 in the slop. He made a seamless transition to turf two starts later, posting a 5 1/2-length score in the La Jolla H. (G2) at Del Mar, but weakened to sixth when stepping up in class in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1).

Sadler planned to stick with turf in the Sir Beaufort, but wet weather in Southern California derailed those plans, opening up a new avenue of options for the versatile front runner. Sidney's Candy figures to be an overwhelming favorite with regular rider Joel Rosario in the San Fernando, and another dominant victory Saturday could send him to the $1 million Santa Anita H. (G1) on March 5.
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amazing observation humphrey as I saw dust rising up after watching his race before the breeders cup. it must have been rock hard.thanx I'll look elseware with the exception that if this is rock hard again he is a wager odds allowing.
I strongly get the impression that this one could NOT win on the deeper grass surfaces which make up the majority of turf courses throughout the country. When you are running on a putting green with no moisture of springiness to it, you are essentially (as the Brits call it) running on the top of the ground....Take this one to Woodbine Arlington or Saratoga and he would likely be a regular also ran.
I bet SC in the classic but it was a fool's wager.he was off to long,no workouts,and he was in as deep as any horse ever was from what I witnesmessed.I to would look for much improvement.
I am a fan of Sidney's Candy - and all Candy Ride sires. I look for an improvement on his nose loss for third in the BC Classic.
Fans of Sidney's Candy...be sure to check out his HRN Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sidneys-Candy/109973885698627

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