Multiple graded stakes winner Twirling Candy will join his sire, Candy Ride, at Lane's End in Versailles, Ky., at the end of his racing career after the Farish family's farm and Martin Wygod purchased an interest in the 4-year-old colt from Jenny Craig, who bred Twirling Candy in partnership with her late husband, Sidney Craig.
The deal, announced Thursday morning, is the second major agreement involving Craig, Wygod and Lane's End. In July 2009, Wygod helped orchestrate a deal with Craig and Lane's End to move Candy Ride from John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm, where the Argentine-bred horse originally stood, to Lane's End. Wygod's homebred After Market, a son of Storm Cat out of Tranquility Lake, was retired to Lane's End to stand the 2008 season.
Twirling Candy, trained by John Sadler, is considered by many, including a Daily Racing Form ranking, as the top older horse in North America. He has won six of seven starts, including the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby and Grade 1 Malibu Stakes as a 3-year-old, and the Grade 2 Strub Stakes this year at 4. In the Malibu, Twirling Candy ran seven furlongs in 1:19.70, breaking Spectacular Bid's 30-year-old track record. He is scheduled to start next in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap on March 5. Last year's Big Cap was won by another son of Candy Ride, Misremembered. Candy Ride has another accomplished runner in Sadler's barn, Sidney's Candy, the 2010 Santa Anita Derby winner who won the Grade 3 Sir Beaufort Stakes, going one mile in 1:33.70, on the same day that Twirling Candy won the Malibu. Twirling Candy and Sidney's Candy race for the Craig Family Trust.
Twirling Candy was produced from House of Danzing, by Chester House, from the female family of Horse of the Year and 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed.
“We look forward to his continued success on the race track and his next career as an exciting new addition to the Lane's End stallion roster,” Will Farish, Lane's End owner, said in a statement.
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