Bar None Ranches in Canada reports that new stallion Chocolate Candy died this week after suffering injuries from crashing into a paddock fence. Thoroughbred Manager Mike Vanin said the five-year-old was playing in his paddock at the Alberta farm when he slid and suffered a fatal trauma.
“I believe the snow on the ground and him not being accustomed to it may have been a factor,” Vanin said. “We are extremely shocked and saddened by the sudden and tragic loss. He was being extremely well received by our local breeders and we had just recently completed a deal to shuttle the horse to Argentina for southern hemisphere duties.”
Chocolate Candy had just arrived at Bar None three weeks ago after being retired from racing by The Craig Family Trust (Sid and Jenny Craig). Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the son of Candy Ride earned more than $630,000 during his racing career, winning the Grade 3 Real Derby, the California Derby and the Real Quiet Stakes. He ran second to Pioneerofthenile in the Santa Anita Derby and finished fifth in the 2009 Kentucky Derby won by Mine That Bird.
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