The recent success of Argentine-bred Candy Ride’s Gun Runner in the G2 Risen Star Stakes from the Uncle Mo runners Forevamo and Mo Tom is a snapshot of unconventional triumph. Both Candy Ride and Uncle Mo represent odd branches of significant stallions, and their success may in part be attributable to the outcross opportunities they present to a large swath of the North American broodmare population saturated by the fashionable lines of Mr. Prospector, Storm Cat, Northern Dancer, and Seattle Slew. I most recently covered this subject matter in relation to Uncle Mo here and it’s equally applicable to Candy Ride.
Candy Ride, who was imported by Sid and Jenny Craig, traces to Fappiano through a link that barely exists in the Northern Hemisphere. His sire, Ride the Rails, was a son of the Fappiano stallion Cryptoclearance — a fine racehorse and a sire of some very good route horses, including Breeders’ Cup winner Volponi and Belmont Stakes winner Victory Gallop. The latter, who thwarted the Fappiano-line Real Quiet’s Triple Crown bid in 1998, was his sire’s best stallion in North America but was sold to Turkey for the 2008 season.
Ride the Rails, a stakes winner and second to Holy Bull in the G1 Florida Derby, was sold as a stud prospect to the Menditeguy family’s Haras Abolengo in Argentina where the Blushing Groom horse Candy Stripes (sire of Invasor and Leroidesanimaux) had also resided during a peripatetic career. Abolengo’s Candy Stripes mare Candy Girl produced Candy Ride in 1999 and more detail of Candy Stripes is here. Ride the Rails, too, did some traveling, including a stint at stud in California after Candy’s Ride’s success there, and he later reportedly died in Uruguay.
This post has comparisons of Candy Ride’s racing career to two other significant Argentine racehorses and Kentucky sires, Forli and Lord at War. An undefeated winner of six starts, including standout performances at 1600m in Argentina and 10F in California, Candy Ride was plagued by bad feet and last raced in 2003. Attempts to bring him back in 2004 failed, and when he started off at stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale in 2005, he was yesterday’s news and the bearer of a funky pedigree, the main reasons why his entry fee was $10,000. Success, however, came right away, and he was moved to Lane’s End for the 2010 season. He now stands for $60,000.
To date, Candy Ride is the sire of eight G1 winners, four of them from Storm Cat-line mares, including champion Shared Belief. Gun Runner, incidentally, is bred on the same pattern and is inbred 4×4 to Fappiano. On the day of the Risen Star, Candy Ride’s 6-year-old gelding Chocolate Ride won the G3 Fair Grounds Handicap, and a day after the Risen Star, Candy Ride’s Unified made a scintillating debut at Gulfstream to become a second potential classics colt. Unified is out of a mare by Dixie Union — also the broodmare sire of Triple Crown prospects Mohaymen and Mor Spirit — and his 3rd dam is by Storm Bird — sire of Storm Cat.
Candy Ride (pictured in tweet photo below) is ranked at No. 3 on the 2016 General Sire list and his three young sons Twirling Candy, Misremembered, and Sidney’s Candy are prominently placed on the Second-Crop Sire list with their first 3-year-olds, giving this Fappiano branch of Mr. Prospector another male-line presence in North America behind primary source Unbridled — Fappiano’s Derby-winning son and the sire line of Empire Maker, Unbridled’s Song, Pioneerof the Nile, Broken Vow, Birdstone, etc. Midnight Lute, who also stands at Hill ‘n’ Dale, is the only viable sire by the Quiet American branch of Fappiano through Derby and Preakness winner Real Quiet.
The Candy Ride branch of Fappiano, like the others, is noted for speed, versatility, and stamina. The versatile Twirling Candy won the G1 Malibu on dirt at 7F, the G2 Del Mar Derby at 9F on turf, and was second by a head to Acclamation in the G1 Pacific Classic at 10F on all-weather — a race won by Shared Belief in 2014. At stud at Lane’s End, Twirling Candy was second to Uncle Mo on the First-Crop Sire list in 2015, and a day after the Risen Star, his son Iron Rob (out of a Storm Cat-line mare) won the $75,000 Baffle Stakes at Santa Anita at 6.5F on the dirt after the race was switched from turf. Twirling Candy also is represented by the highly regarded classics prospect Danzing Candy, a winner of two from three starts, including this impressive AOC at Santa Anita on Feb. 4. Danzing Candy is inbred 5×5 to Fappiano.
Misremembered, like Twirling Candy and Shared Belief, also stayed 10F, winning the G1 Santa Anita Handicap on all-weather over the trip. He was also second in the 7F Malibu and altogether won six of 13 and $1.3 million. At stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale for only $3,500, Misremembered has the undefeated colt Dazzling Gem about to enter the Triple Crown prep scene after winning this race on Feb. 13 at Oaklawn. Out of a Vindication (by Seattle Slew) mare, Dazzling Gem’s 2nd dam is by Summer Squall (by Storm Bird).
Sidney’s Candy is at WinStar and like the two above was also a G1 winner and also versatile. Out of a Storm Cat mare, Sidney’s Candy won the G1 Santa Anita Derby on the all-weather, the G2 La Jolla Handicap at 8.5F on turf in track-record time, and the G3 Sir Beaufort on dirt at 8.5F. He, too, has a promising 3-year-old in the filly Barbarenda, who is two-for-three and most recently won this race at Gulfstream on Feb. 5.