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WinStar Sells Interest in Sidney's Candy

Son of Candy Ride will shuttle to Argentina in 2012.

WinStar Farm has sold an interest in grade I winner Sidney's Candy to Argentina-based Rubio B Stable, and plans to shuttle him to Ricardo Benedicto's Haras La Pasion in Argentina for the 2012 Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Sidney’s Candy, by Candy Ride , will enter stud at WinStar, owned Kenny Troutt and located near Versailles, Ky., in 2012. Plans call for Sidney’s Candy to retire following the 2011 racing season, but until then he will race for WinStar and Rubio B.

“We've been impressed with Haras La Pasion for a long time and like what they bring to the table,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar president and CEO. “They're a leader in Argentina and have a great program. So we’re thrilled to be working with one of the best that South America has to offer, and it's especially important that we happen to share the same passion for Sidney's Candy and his great potential.”

Sidney's Candy was acquired by WinStar in June and turned over to trainer Todd Pletcher, who is pointing the colt toward several major races. Antonio Bullrich and John Fulton helped broker the deal between WinStar and Rubio B, a perennial leading Thoroughbred owner in Argentina.

“Candy Ride is special to Argentina because he was the best horse to ever leave the country,” said Benedicto of Haras La Pasion, which is located in the providence of Buenos Aires. “Sidney's Candy is his best son, and we're excited about our relationship with WinStar.”

Sidney’s Candy, out of the Storm Cat mare Fair Exchange, has run first or second in 10 of 13 races and has earned $953,560. His big win came in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).