Holy Candy Ready to Join Kentucky Derby Trail

Holy Candy breaks maiden at Santa Anita.
Photo: Santa Anita Park - Benoit

An ebullient trainer John Sadler declared his 3-year-old Candy Ride colt, Holy Candy, fit for passage on the Kentucky Derby trail Friday, following his impressive maiden special weight score going a flat mile in Santa Anita’s fourth race. Holy Candy rallied from off the pace to get the mile in 1:35.98. Sadler said the Grade I Santa Anita Derby, to be run April 7, is under consideration.


“We’ve thought all along he was our best 3-year-old and it was nice to see him finish and gallop out the way he did today,” said Sadler. “In his last couple of races, things have kind of worked against us. We caught a sealed track a couple races back and we’ve just felt that he needs to be able to make a quarter mile run.”


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Bred by the Craig Family Trust in Kentucky and owned by Craig Stables and Donkey Island Racing LLC, Holy Candy finished second as the favorite in his first three starts, most recently on March 3 at a mile and a sixteenth.


Off as the heavy favorite at 1-2, he was ridden for the first time today by Joel Rosario, who was able to sit well off fractions of 24.69, 48.64, 1:11.91 and 1:23.73.


“We’ll look at some graded stakes, including the Santa Anita Derby,” said Sadler. “We’re definitely thinking about getting the (graded) earnings he’d need to run in the Kentucky Derby.”


Although he raced a bit greenly the final eighth of a mile, Holy Candy blew by Eaton Hall and Martin Garcia to win going away by 3 ½ lengths and galloped out strongly around the Club House turn.


Holy Candy paid $3.00, $2.10 and $2.10. Seal the Deal finished 1 ¾ lengths behind Eaton Hall and 5-1 second choice Stratify was another 1 ¾ lengths back in fourth.


The co-ownership of Donkey Island Racing LLC is managed by Alex Solis Jr. and is comprised of New Orleans Saints All Pro quarterback Drew Brees and others.



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Older Comments about Holy Candy Ready to Join Kentucky Derby Trail...

well i think HOLY CANDY ran an incredible game race coming from last to finish agame 4th and only after braking his maiden , its a good thing he didn't read the racing form
it doesn't seem like the best thing for the horse
  • AprilDoornbos · its not to run a horse over there head in stead of building up to it , an allowance race , a G3 , a softer spot , the wolves can be vicious.... · 2049 days ago
I hope they don't run him into the ground trying to get graded earnings.
  • AprilDoornbos · he did the same thing to run flat out , if this horse had better luck early on things would be different now · 2049 days ago
A tall order for sure, he needs to hit the board in the SA Derby and I'm sure Rosario will pick Creative Cause over Holy Candy.
i said DERBY horse the moment i saw this huge gray colt and at first thought he was by HOLY BULL but he is out of a depute minister mare , same blood as CHAMPION GO FOR WAND ,was tall to trainer BAGDET WAS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OUR BARN SO I SAW THE ILL-FATED CHAMPION EVER DAY
prograstinating pipe dreamers gl
I guess anything is possible...

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