Grade I winner Twirling Candy , who was being aimed for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Nov. 5, has been retired from racing because of an injury, according to Daily Racing Form.
The 4-year-old colt, raced by Craig Family Trust, Martin Wygod, and William S. Farish, will be headed to Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., where he will begin his stallion career in 2012.
Trainer John Sadler told DRF that the injury is a slight strain.
The loss came several days after grade I-winning filly Zazu, another of Sadler’s trainees, was declared out of the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) because of inflammation in a shoulder.
Twirling Candy, beaten a head in the TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar in August in his last start, retires with seven wins from 11 starts and earnings of $944,900.
Twirling Candy (Candy Ride —House of Danzing, by Chester House) captured this year’s Strub Stakes (gr. II) and the Californian Stakes (gr. II). He also ran third in the Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap (gr. I), beaten by a neck. He won three stakes in 2010 including the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) in track-record time for seven furlongs at Santa Anita, and the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) on turf.