Money Moves

This Side Up: Sparkling Rings Required For Bachelor Engagement

Even Richard Wagner would have struggled to make anything of this particular "ring cycle". In four starts, Eight Rings (Empire Maker) has so far abruptly alternated the full works--strings, horns, kettle drums--with a timid clink of the triangle. As such, he certainly can't afford to break the cycle when surfacing for the first time since his Breeders' Cup bust in the Bachelor S. at Oaklawn Saturday. Dropping in grade and distance, in fact, he needs to produce the dominant sophomore performance of a day that also features a new stakes...

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Two Fresh Horses Riding the Candy Carousel

The fact that he has only just broken into the six-figure club, at the age of 21, tells you how strong a curve Candy Ride (Arg) is taking into the evening of his career. His current sophomores, representing his 12th crop, were the first to be conceived at $60,000, up from $40,000 the previous year; while his yearlings were the first bred at $80,000, immediately following Gun Runner's Horse of the Year campaign. With his status as a sire of sires ever strengthening, moreover, Candy Ride must be counted one...

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Pricey Candy Ride Colt Takes Salty Gulfstream Allowance

9th-Gulfstream, $44,000, Alw (NW1$X)/Opt. Clm ($75,000), 3-27, 3yo, 1m, 1:35.30, ft. MONEY MOVES (c, 3, Candy Ride {Arg}--Citizen Advocate {MSW & GSP, $327,450}, by Proud Citizen), a debut winner sprinting in the slop here Feb. 15, handled the stretch out to a mile successfully Friday while besting a salty bunch in the process. Attending the pace along the fence through splits of :23.04 and :45.66, he opened a narrow advantage at the top of the lane as 'TDN Rising Star' and fellow second timer Edge of Fire (Curlin) revved up...

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Mar. 27 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency RISING STAR TRIES WINNERS IN HALLANDALE 9th-GP, $51K, Opt. Clm. ($75K), 3yo, 1m, 5:12p.m. 'TDN Rising Star' EDGE OF FIRE (Curlin) faces winners for the first time Friday. The Chiefswood Stables homebred registered an impressive debut victory going six panels over this strip Feb 1. He faces another good-looking debut winner in Money Moves (Candy Ride {Arg}). The $975,000 OBSAPR purchase rallied to victory in his six-furlong unveiling in the slop here Feb. 15. Also looking to take his record to two-for-two is Saratogian (Empire...

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Pricey Candy Ride Colt Figures Things Out Late in Gulfstream Debut

MONEY MOVES (c, 3, Candy Ride {Arg}--Citizen Advocate, by Proud Citizen), a $975,000 OBS April purchase last year after a :10 flat breeze, figured things out late in his Saturday unveiling to begin repaying his owners' investment. Slowly away, he advanced some down the backside and on the turn but still had his work cut out for him as longshot Sagamore Mischief (Into Mischief) headed for home well in front. Money Moves found his stride down the center of the muddy stretch, however, and inhaled the pacesetter to score by...

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Saturday’s Insights: $975K Candy Ride Colt Debuts at Gulfstream

1st-AQU, $68K, Msw, 3yo, 6.5fT, 1:00 p.m. ET Gary Barber and ERJ Racing LLC's PATROL (Liam's Map) debuts for trainer Mark Casse. The second highest-priced juvenile of 2019 for Liam's Map (the sire's third highest-priced 2-year-old overall last year), the grey was secured for $350,000 at Keeneland last April. Dylan Davis gets the mount. TJCIS PPs 2nd-FG, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 9f, 1:29 p.m. ET Triple Crown nominated AIRSTREEM (Tapit), a half-brother to champion and Classic heroine Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d'Oro), closed from off the pace to be fourth going six...

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