Trainer John Sadler declared his 3-year-old Candy Ride colt, Holy Candy, as a probable for the Santa Anita Derby (G1) following a sparkling win on Friday at the Arcadia, Calif. track.
Holy Candy rallied from off the pace under Joel Rosario to get one mile in 1:35.98.
“We’ve thought all along he was our best 3-year-old and it was nice to see him finish and gallop out the way he did today,” said Sadler. “In his last couple of races, things have kind of worked against us. We caught a sealed track a couple races back and we’ve just felt that he needs to be able to make a quarter mile run.”
Bred by the Craig Family Trust in Kentucky and owned by Craig Stables and Donkey Island Racing LLC, Holy Candy finished second as the favorite in his first three starts, most recently on March 3 at 1 1/16 miles.
The co-ownership of Donkey Island Racing LLC is managed by Alex Solis Jr. and is comprised of New Orleans Saints All Pro quarterback Drew Brees and others.
“We’ll look at some graded stakes, including the Santa Anita Derby,” said Sadler. “We’re definitely thinking about getting the (graded) earnings he’d need to run in the Kentucky Derby.”
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