Sidney's Candy, impressive winner of the Sir Beaufort Stakes on Santa Anita's opening day program on Dec. 26, has been scratched from Saturday's Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes, the Arcadia, Calif., track's racing office confirmed on Friday.
Winner of last year's Santa Anita Derby on the track's Pro-Ride synthetic surface, Sidney's Candy sizzled one mile on the newly installed dirt track in 1:33.70 in winning the Sir Beaufort for trainer John Sadler and the Craig Family Trust. The son of Candy Ride worked five furlongs in :58.00 last Sunday in preparation for the San Fernando. Sadler told Daily Racing Form the horse is off behind and would be diagnosed using a nuclear scintigraphy scan on Monday.
Twirling Candy, another son of Candy Ride in Sadler's barn, has not posted a workout since breaking Spectcular Bid's 30-year-old track record for seven furlongs in the G1 Malibu Stakes, also on the Dec. 26 program. Twirling Candy, also carrying the colors of the Craig Family Trust and bred by the late Sid Craig and wife Jenny, ran seven furlongs in 1:19.70 to win the Malibu.
Sadler, president of California Thoroughbred Trainers, was one of the most vocal proponents of a return to dirt racing at Santa Anita Park. Efforts by the Paulick Report to reach Sadler to inquire about Sidney's Candy and Twlrling Candy were unsuccessful.
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