Sidney’s Candy wins San Felipe at Santa Anita

Calling Sidney’s Candy a frontrunner on the Kentucky Derby trail

isn’t just hype. The colt has led all the way in winning his first

two races of the season.

Sidney’s Candy won the $150,000 San Felipe Stakes by a

half-length on Saturday, sending 3-year-old rival Caracortado to

his first loss in six races.

Sidney’s Candy covered 1 1-16 miles – the longest he’d ever run

– on Santa Anita’s synthetic surface in 1:42.30 under jockey Joe

Talamo.

“The plan was to get to the lead, relax and kick when they came

to him,” Talamo said. “We knew last summer he was a quality horse

and the way he did this today was so impressive. He has the

demeanor of an older horse.”

Talamo finds himself with a Kentucky Derby contender less than a

year after his Derby day ended in bitter disappointment. His mount

I Want Revenge became the first morning-line favorite to be

scratched on the first Saturday in May, with a leg injury.

Trainer John Sadler is ready to move Sidney’s Candy on to the

Santa Anita Derby on April 3. He also trains sixth-place finisher

Dave in Dixie, whom Sadler said didn’t handle the surface or the

pace well.

“That’s kind of the plan,” Sadler said about Sidney’s Candy.

“We’ll see how he comes out of it.”

Todd Pletcher-trained Interactif was second and Caracortado

third. American Lion was fourth in the field of seven 3-year-olds

prepping for Kentucky Derby consideration.

Stephen’s Got Hope was fifth and Erbeia last.

Sidney’s Candy was bred in Kentucky by diet guru Jenny Craig and

her late husband, Sid. She wasn’t on hand to see the colt win his

second important prep in nearly a month. Sidney’s Candy led all the

way in winning the San Vicente on the same track on Feb. 15.

Sidney’s Candy paid $9.60, $5.20 and $3.20. Interactif returned

$6.60 and $3.20, while Caracortado was another 1 1/2 lengths back

in third and paid $2.40 as the wagering favorite.

Caracortado ran fourth most of the way, going four-wide into the

stretch, but faded late under jockey Paul Atkinson.

“He tried hard. I can’t fault him at all,” Atkinson said.

“They went a little bit slow early, so I had to pick it up in

hopes the leader didn’t steal it on us. It cost me to ride him a

little bit differently.”

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