Saturday, May 02, 2009

It's Derby Day 135!

My pick? Just for the name - Chocolate Candy! And yes, I'm feeling better....

Pedigree - from Kentucky

Chocolate Candy, who is already proven up to 1 1/8 miles, has the genetic tools to comfortably get 1 1/4 miles. His sire, Candy Ride (Arg), was named champion miler in Argentina off just three wins in his native land, then was imported to California where he pushed his career record to six-for-six before retiring prematurely. Under the tutelage of Ron McAnally, Candy Ride captured the American H. (G2) over nine furlongs on turf, then showed his versatility in taking the 10-furlong Pacific Classic (G1) by more than three lengths in a time of 1:59. Candy Ride is making a strong impression this season with his three-year-olds. In addition to Chocolate Candy, Candy Ride has also been represented by Grade 2 winners Capt. Candyman Can and the filly Evita Argentina. While those two have proven to be more prolific in one-turn races, Chocolate Candy is evidence that Candy Ride is quickly becoming a sire of all types of horses for all types of surfaces.

Crownette, the dam of Chocolate Candy, captured the restricted Santa Ysabel S. over 1 1/16 miles early in her three-year-old season, but eventually proved to be more of an allowance-caliber runner for McAnally. Chocolate Candy is the first stakes winner Crownette has produced, but her first foal, Crowning Storm (Storm Cat), placed in both the Iroquois S. (G3) at Churchill and the Affirmed H. (G3) at Hollywood Park. Another product of Chocolate Candy’s female family is 1978 Triple Crown winner and dual Horse of the Year Affirmed (Exclusive Native).

Crownette is by Seattle Slew, the 1977 Triple Crown winner, who long ago stamped his influence on the breed both as a sire and as a broodmare sire. In the latter capacity, Seattle Slew has been represented by champions Cigar (Palace Music) and Lemon Drop Kid (Kingmambo), both multiple winners at 10 furlongs or longer, and the champion mare Escena (Strawberry Road [Aus]).

Oh, and for the others, it's also Free Comic Book Day and the spouse is "working"this afternoon as a volunteer at the comic book shop where he gets his fix.

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