Mr. Candy Bar to Saturday's California Derby
This is the time of year where you see three-year-olds step up and mark themselves as stakes quality horses for the rest of the year. Mr. Candy Bar, our son of Candy Ride (Arg) looks to stamp his ticket to graded stakes races in the $100,000 California Derby on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
We might be a longshot in Saturday’s race, but we think our bay colt is sitting on a big effort. He broke his maiden in impressive fashion over the lawn at Golden Gate on November 18th before being compromised by a slow pace in the Gold Rush Stakes back on December 11th. He’s trained very well recently, with three solid workouts to his name since his last trip to the races.
Trainer O. J. Jaurequi said, “The horse that won the Gold Rush got an early lead, and we weren’t able to make up a ton of ground. We were less than two lengths from second. I love how my colt has trained over this surface, and if we can settle and then make a run at them late, he has a big shot. If you watch his maiden win, you will see that he has a pretty nice turn of foot. He is very capable of winning this race.”
Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds said, “This horse has really impressed us in his training over the past few weeks. He’s gotten bigger and stronger and has become very focused. If he takes a jump forward and continues improving, great things could be on the horizon.”
The 1 1/16 mile California Derby is race 7 on Saturday’s card at Golden Gate with a post time of 3:45 PST/6:45 EST. Mr. Candy Bar breaks from the 8 hole in the field of 12, with Hector Romero aboard.
Click here to read a Daily Racing Form article about Mr. Candy Bar.