Sweet Stakes and Spa Victories
West Point runners were in the winner’s circle on opposite ends of the country this weekend, as Mr. Candy Bar got his first stakes win at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa and Quiet All-American gave jockey Simon Husbands his first score at Saratoga Race Course.
On Aug. 13, Mr. Candy Bar rallied up the inside in mid-stretch to capture Santa Rosa’s $54,130 Robert Dupret Derby. The son of Candy Ride settled well under William Antongeorgi III behind a three-way battle on the front end, then made his move as the field turned for home. He completed the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds in 1:45.21, winning by a neck over Cody Peak for trainer O.J. Jauregui. The $31,700 share of the purse boosted his earnings to $60,860.
“He sat between horses, went to the rail, and gave his best all the way,” Jauregui told The Daily Racing Form. “He’s been maturing, and he definitely likes turf.”
“What an effort,” said Terry Finley. “This horse had a bit of a rough time against winners once he broke his maiden, but he’s really developed and matured this summer. Job well done to OJ and his team.”
On Aug. 12, Quiet All-American returned to the races for the first time since November to register a 2 ¾-length score in a six-furlong claiming event at Saratoga. The 4-year-old Forest Camp gelding took up position on the outside as a pace duel developed and the leaders wore themselves out, then benefited from smart handling by Husbands, who ducked over to the inside rail and sent our runner for home under a vigorous hand ride.
Husbands, a 42-year-old jockey, got his first career win at Saratoga in only his second year on the New York circuit after moving down from Canada, where his younger brother Patrick still rides at Woodbine.
“I always wanted to ride in New York,” he told The Albany Times Union. “This is my dream.”
“Simon and his agent are great people, and we are happy to work with them” said Terry Finley. “Trainer Guadalupe Preciado did a great job preparing this horse. He was ready to run about three weeks ago, and we really struggled getting a race to go for him. Patience paid off and his Partners were rewarded with a nice win at Saratoga.”