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The Candyman Returns

Posted by Brian Appleton on February 8, 2011

Into another new week and the racing scene is hopping with activity. The weeks from early January through early February is like the engine-warming stage, all the juveniles have turned the corner into their sophomore year and have begun working towards their new year debuts. By the begging of February the newness has worn off and fans are ready for hardcore, top-notch Derby preps with fields choke-full of talent laden colts and fillies. That engine is running now, purring smooth and soft like a kitten and in another five of six weeks that baby’s going to be roaring.

After 15 months away from the races Capt. Candyman Can is back and in good form. It took a stretch long duel, a jockey’s objection and a stewards’ inquiry for the 5-year-old gelding to register his fifth stakes victory.

After rating just off the pace in the 7 furlong Super Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, Capt. Candyman Can engaged Legal Move upon entering the home stretch and fought tooth and nail down the stretch to win by ½ a length. His short term goal appears to be the Grade 1 Carter Handicap in New York on April 9th according to trainer Ian Wilkes.

It was a very strong effort coming off such a long layoff proving that the son of Candy Ride has lost none of his ability since his promising 2009 campaign. He could make a big impact on the national sprinting ranks this year if he continues forward off this victory.

Tuesday morning marks the start of my brand-new blog on the Horse Racing Nation website. The Kentucky Oaks Runner will be a blog devoted entirely to the Kentucky Oaks and the fillies taking their shot at glory as they tread the long path to Churchill Downs. Please stop by and check things out and leave some feedback. I look forward to hearing from everyone and starting this new chapter in my writing!


2 Responses to “The Candyman Returns”

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