Pacific Classic S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 10f ,)

CANDY RIDE (ARG) (B h, 124 lb) $600,000
Ride the Rails —Candy Girl (ARG) , by Candy Stripes
B—Abolengo, ARG.; O—Craig, Sidney H. and Jenny; T—Ronald L. McAnally

Medaglia d'Oro (DK B/ h, 124 lb) $200,000
El Prado (IRE) —Cappucino Bay , by Bailjumper
B—Joyce Bell, KY.; O—Edmund A. Gann; T—Robert J. Frankel

Fleetstreet Dancer (DK B/ g, 124 lb) $120,000
Smart Strike —Street Ballet , by Nijinsky II
B—White Fox Farm, KY.; O—Leatherman, Lee and Ty; T—Doug F. O'Neill

Margins: 3¼, 7, 2. Others: Milwaukee Brew 124($60,000) . Winning Jockey, Julie A. Krone.

How sweet it was for Sidney and Jenny Craig. The couple who helped revolutionize weight loss in the U.S. through their Jenny Craig Inc. enjoyed a sweet victory by their Candy Ride in the Aug. 24 Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar in track-record setting time of 1:59.11 for 11/4 miles.

Candy Ride is one of three stakes winners for Sidney Craig since the mid-1990s that were bred in Argentina by the Haras Abolengo operation. Different, a champion in Argentina, won the 1996 Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IT), Three Chimneys Spinster Stakes (gr. I), and Chula Vista Handicap (gr. II). The other stakes winner, Victory Stripes, scored his big win in the 1999 Hawthorne Handicap (gr. II). Different and Victory Stripes were both sired by Candy Stripes, the broodmare sire of Candy Ride.

Trainer Ron McAnally bought Candy Ride for a reported $900,000 for the Craigs. A two-time group I winner in Argentina, Candy Ride arrived in the U.S. earlier this year and made his debut June 7 at Hollywood Park, winning an optional claimer by three lengths. He then won the July 4 American Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood.

The best known of the Craigs’ horses is Hall of Fame racemare Paseana. An Argentine-bred, Paseana raced for Sidney Craig, scoring her chief victory in the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) the year she captured her first of two older female championships. Paseana was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001.

Ride the Rails, the Kentucky-bred sire of Candy Ride, has sired eight known stakes winners, including additional 2003 added-money winners Purvis (Arg-II), Important Ride (Arg-III), and The White Horse (in Argentina). Campaigned in North America, Ride the Rails won the 1993 Foolish Pleasure Breeders’ Cup Stakes and finished second to Holy Bull in the 1994 Florida Derby (gr. I). He also beat Dehere in an allowance win in Florida. Ride the Rails stands at Abolengo Stud Farm near Buenos Aires.—D.S