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Sidney's Candy Never Headed in Sir Beaufort

Sidney’s Candy delivered a powerhouse victory in the $150,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes (G3) on Sunday’s opening day card at Santa Anita Park, setting a torrid pace under Joel Rosario and scooting away in the stretch to a 7 1/4-length romp.


The three-year-old Candy Ride (Arg) colt flashed an exciting combination of speed and versatility as he completed the off-the-turf one-mile race in a blistering 1:33.70 to become a graded stakes winner on three surfaces.


“He’s a really good horse and he likes to run free and easy,” Rosario said. “Even though he went fast fractions, he just kept going.”


Sidney’s Candy won the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on the synthetic Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita Park in April. He won the Sir Beaufort on the newly installed dirt track at Santa Anita, which was rated as fast on Sunday, and rolled to a 5 3/4-length score in the La Jolla Handicap (G2) on the turf at Del Mar in August.
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nicely put cugel
It's hilarious to see how people, who should know better, jump on a horse's bandwagon and make unrealistic exptraplolations based on 1 race. Sidney's jockey said it best: “He’s a really good horse and he likes to run free and easy,”. Please note, GOOD horse, not "great" horse. Horses like Zenyatta and Goldikova have establised a career body of work which qualifies them as GREAT horses. They dazzle against weak competition and they step up their game to dazzle against strong competition. The problem with horses like Sidney's Candy and Quality Road is that they dazzle against weak competition and set track records; but when faced against truly formidable opponents, they fold up their tents and fade into the background. Sidney has consistently folded when faced with the best in the world (or even the USA).
Spoken like a true american chauvinist who thinks that thoroughbred racing begins and ends between new york and california.
Almost without failure. A horse's biggest and best improvement of their career come's from their 3yr.old season to their 4yr.old season. He was by no means disgraced in this year's Breeders Cup Mile. But I really believe, if he continues to race on as a 4yr.old, that Sidney's Candy will bigger, stronger, and faster during the 2011 season. An improvement big enough that if he's pointed toward the 2011 Breeders Cup Mile? He could be a much bigger threat to dethroning Goldikova than he was this time around. JMO.

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