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Holy Candy Not Certain for Santa Anita Derby

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John Sadler said a decision wouldn’t be made for another 48 hours on whether surprise entrant Holy Candy would run in Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby, according to Santa Anita Publicity.

“We won’t decide until Saturday morning,” Sadler said of the son of Candy Ride (ARG), an impressive maiden winner at Santa Anita on March 23. Owned by the Craig Stables and Donkey Island Racing, of which New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees is part owner, Holy Candy has no graded earnings.

Holy Candy broke his maiden in his fourth career start following three consecutive runner-up efforts for Sadler. With Joel Rosario sticking with Creative Cause, the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the Santa Anita Derby, Holy Candy, should he remain in the field, will be ridden by Alonso Quinonez on Saturday.

“We’re also looking at the Arkansas Derby and the Blue Grass,” Sadler said. “We’ll have a conference call Saturday and make up our mind. What if he went back East and didn’t get in? The Illinois Derby is way overfilled, so a horse with low (graded) earnings is always last to draw in.

“We’ve got to work the races and the racing secretaries to see if we can get in. You don’t want to go somewhere and not get in. He’s entered here, the weather’s good, he’s got a good draw (No. 3), he’s got the home court, all that stuff. He’s got a lot in is favor, but we’ll look at everything and then decide.”

Santa Anita Park Publicity contributed to this report.

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