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Whitney Next for Sidney's Candy?

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Sidney’s Candy on Sunday turned in his first official workout since being acquired by WinStar Farm and transferred to the barn of Todd Pletcher, breezing four furlongs over Belmont’s main track in 49.73.


Previously trained in Southern California by John Sadler for the Craig Family Trust, the Grade 1-winning son of Candy Ride is being considered for the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course on August 6.


“It was our first work with him, and it seemed to go well,” said Pletcher. “We’ll talk to Elliott [Walden, president/CEO and racing manager for WinStar] about a game plan. One thing we had mentioned as a possibility is the Whitney, but we have a ways to go.”


Sidney’s Candy is a graded stakes winner on dirt, turf, and synthetic, with his biggest victory having come in the 2010 Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby over Santa Anita’s former artificial surface. He has made two starts at Hollywood Park in 2011, finishing second in both the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap over the all-weather on May 7 and the Grade 2 American Handicap on turf on May 28.


“He’s successful on three different surfaces, so we have a lot of options,” said Pletcher. “He has a lot of speed and can carry it a distance. There are a lot of possibilities.”


Pletcher revealed that Buster’s Ready, second in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 20, will make her next start at Belmont on Saturday in the Grade 1 Mother Goose. Owned by the Estate of Edward P. Evans, the daughter of More Than Ready breezed four furlongs in 51.97 Sunday morning.


“It was a little bit slow, but she did it relaxed and on her own, and she’s very fit,” said Pletcher. “It was a good performance last time in the Black-Eyed Susan, and I hope she continues that trend of improvement.”


Pletcher added that Awesome Maria, Super Espresso, and Life At Ten were all doing well after respectively finishing first, third, and fourth in yesterday’s Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap.




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