Twirling Candy

MLB Star Bregman Hoping to Hit It Out of the Park in Racing

Alex Bregman was 0-for-4 last Thursday night as the Houston Astros fell, 5-1, to the Texas Rangers, but the two-time All-Star will remember the day as one of the best he's ever enjoyed in sports. A few hours before the Astros took the field at Minute Maid Park, Bregman won his first-ever race as an owner with the first horse he had ever run. The feat was accomplished by Cadillac Candy (Twirling Candy) in the first race at Churchill Downs, a five-furlong turf maiden for two-year-olds. "It felt like hitting...

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Twirling Candy Filly Romps in Dazzling Debut

6th-Keeneland, $99,500, Msw, 4-23, 3yo, f, 7f, 1:27.96, ft, 12 3/4 lengths. CASA DE GOAT (f, 3, Twirling Candy--Senorita Corredora, by El Corredor) never gave her connections any reason to worry on debut here. She broke well from her rail draw to take command as the 4-5 favorite and drew away from the field with every furlong. Five lengths in front at the head of the lane, the Elm Racing homebred expanded her margin to 12 3/4 lengths on the wire over Catwings (Cupid), who bested Please Be Kind (Violence)...

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First Foal For Sweetontheladies A Colt

The first foal by Pleasant Acres Stallions' Sweetontheladies (Twirling Candy) is a colt out of Spanish Fever (Spanish Steps), the farm reported Friday. One of three sons of Twirling Candy standing in North America, Sweetontheladies was a stakes winner at two and later added placings in three graded events, including a third to Imperial Hint (Imperialism) in the GI A. G. Vanderbilt H. "Sweetontheladies was a tenacious sprinter and is the only Twirling Candy stallion in Florida," said Joe Barbazon, owner of Pleasant Acres Stallions. "We are excited to see...

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Mating Plans: Katierich Farms

With the 2022 breeding season right around the corner, we will feature a series of breeders' mating plans over the coming weeks. Today we have Katierich Farms, a boutique breeding farm owned by Larry and Karen Doyle and located in Midway, Kentucky. Katierich president George Barnes said the farm not only boards and breeds for clients, but is also focused on developing their own high-quality broodmare band for the commercial market. ENHANCING (m, 14, Forestry--Heavenly Prize, by Seeking the Gold), to be bred to Blame Enhancing is a daughter of...

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Mating Plans: Machmer Hall

With the 2022 breeding season right around the corner, we will feature a series of breeders' mating plans over the coming weeks. Today Carrie Brogden discuses mating plans for a few members of the 109-mare-strong Machmer Hall broodmare band. TIZ DIXIE (m, 9, Tiznow -- Comeon Dixie, by Mr. Greeley), to be bred to Constitution We bought this 9-year-old mare as a maiden for Golden Pedigree for $5,500 and we subsequently did the mating and then foaled and raised her first foal, a colt by Constitution who became stakes winner...

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'Meaux' Brilliance at Del Mar

Twenty-four hours after producing Say the Word (More Than Ready) from last to scoop the GII Hollywood Turf Cup, jockey Kent Desormeaux rode a perfect race from the front to upset Saturday's GI Hollywood Derby with the appropriately named Beyond Brilliant (Twirling Candy) for Lee Searing's C R K Stable and trainer John Shirreffs. Midwest shipper Santin (Distorted Humor) was given a peach of a ride from the 14 hole by Umberto Rispoli and was getting to the winner late, while Cathkin Peak (Ire) (Alhebayeb {Ire}) checked in third. Desormeaux...

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Gear Jockey Ridden to Perfection in Turf Sprint

Gear Jockey (Twirling Candy), third at 67-1 as a maiden in the 2019 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita, delivered a career high while punching his ticket to the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. The Calumet Farm homebred sat just off the pacesetting Bombard (War Front) in second, took over under confident handling as they hit the quarter pole and took care of business from there to win for fun. Longshot Diamond Oops (Lookin At Lucky) nosed out Bombard for second. Gear Jockey, a maiden winner at ninth...

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Taking Stock: Gun Runner Flexes Candy Ride/Storm Cat Nick

Two sons of Candy Ride (Arg)--Gun Runner and Twirling Candy--were represented by three 2-year-old Grade l winners over the weekend, and do you know one thing they had in common? Each was produced by a Storm Cat-line mare. This affinity for the Storm Cat line was also an important feature of Candy Ride's own success, and breeders appear to be copying that formula with his sons. It's not surprising; it's something that usually happens when a stallion is successful with the females of another sire line, and this type of...

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Taking Stock: Unified, Mohaymen, Gormley the Ones to Watch

I noted on Steve Byk's "At the Races" radio show last Wednesday that some stallions that enter stud for between $10,000 and $20,000 occasionally punch above their weight and find lasting success. The in-your-face examples of this are Into Mischief, Tapit, and War Front, three of the best and most expensive horses at stud, but others that have fit the profile through the years include Distorted Humor, Candy Ride (Arg), Elusive Quality, Munnings and Twirling Candy. Twirling Candy, a son of Candy Ride, was recently profiled in this space along...

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Twirling Candy Colt Outruns His Odds in Churchill Unveiling

4th-Churchill Downs, $100,000, Msw, 6-11, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 1:03.61, ft, 4 1/2 lengths. CANDY LANDING (c, 2, Twirling Candy--Pearl Bay, by Rush Bay) hinted at some zip with a :35 4/5 (2/21) breeze from the gate here last Thursday, but was let go at 17-1 for a barn that boasts pretty strong debut numbers. Showing speed from a high draw, the homebred dueled outside of 2-1 second timer Woodline (Gun Runner) through an opening quarter in :21.57. He always seemed to be going a bit easier than his rival, was...

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Taking Stock: Kentucky Stud Farms Invested in Candy Ride Sons

Candy Ride (Arg), by Ride the Rails from Candy Girl (Arg), by Candy Stripes, came from Argentina, where he was a champion miler, and quickly established himself as both a high-class racehorse with a win in the Gl Pacific Classic and as a sire here in a similar way that Forli (Arg) and Lord At War (Arg) did before him. Make no mistake, it was quite a feat, because South American-bred racehorses, no matter how successful they are on the track in North America, most often whiff at stud in...

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First Winner for Danzing Candy at Golden Gate

Love Candy became the first winner for his freshman sire Danzing Candy (Twirling Candy) with a decisive debut score at Golden Gate. Dispatched at 6-1, the gray broke sharply and settled in a tracking third early, tugging his way between rivals through a :22.733 first quarter. Breaking free of his foes in the lane, Love Candy extended clear to graduate by 2 3/4 lengths over Highland Ghost (Shaman Ghost). Danzing Candy won a trio of graded stakes for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert before his career was cut short by...

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