Chocolate Candy, who ran third in the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park last month, is among the horses already confirmed for the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Jan. 17.
Northern California's first major race for 3-year-olds who have aspirations for the Triple Crown trail, the California Derby will be contested at 1 1/16 miles. Entries will be taken on the morning of Jan. 14.
Chocolate Candy, a Kentucky-bred colt by Candy Ride, won the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park prior to running third in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity Dec. 20. Chocolate Candy was beaten by 1 1/2 lengths by the victorious Pioneerof the Nile.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned by The Craig Family Trust, the bay colt has two wins, a second and a third in six career starts and $202,500 in earnings.
Adriatic Moon, Axel Foley, and Merus Miami are also listed as definite starters in the California Derby. Gallant Son is probable for the race while Frumious is a possible starter.