Twirling Candy is undefeated in three tries for trainer John Sadler after winning the Oceanside stakes before a record crowd of over 45,000 on opening day at Del Mar.
They came by cars, limos, trains and planes. Ladies wore hats so brash and colorful that strangers stopped to take photos. Men dressed in white suits and carrying drinks gawked and prowled. [LA Times]If that doesn't set the scene for you, I don't know what will! A close observer of the SoCal racing scene tells me that Sidney's Candy is Sadler's second best three-year old after this one; and that he wouldn't be surprised if he's shipped east for the Travers. A private workout report I saw called him "one of the top two 3 year olds on the West Coast (Lookin At Lucky is the other one)."
The Travers would be his first race on dirt, but if he handles it like he did his first effort on grass yesterday, that'll be no problem at all. Pace setting Macias, graded stakes-placed on grass, was settled this time and set a very comfortable pace, as Twirling Candy sat third. But this son of Candy Ride, after swinging three wide on the turn, wore down Macias and pulled away in a powerful final quarter of 22.83 (no Beyer posted as of this morning). He's out of a winless mare by the late Chester House; his second dam is a half-sister to the stakes-winning Chocolate Candy.