(from Santa Anita report)
The much-anticipated return of Sidney's Candy, who became a “buzz” horse in the 2010 Triple Crown picture last summer after a dazzling maiden victory at Del Mar, never had much of a chance at Santa Anita Dec. 30.
As the 3-5 favorite in a $46,000 allowance event for 2-year-olds at six furlongs, the son of Candy Ride was virtually eliminated after he hopped at the start of the six-furlong event won in wire-to-wire fashion by trainer Bob Baffert’s Tiny Woods (VIDEO).
Tiny Woods, ridden by Martin Garcia, covered the distance in a brisk 1:08.49 while denying the closing bid of Cardiff Giant by three-quarters of a length.
It happened to be Tiny Woods’ second victory over Sidney’s Candy. He won the first start for both by a head at Del Mar July 25. But the latter came back with a smashing four-length maiden win four weeks later while blistering 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02 3/5 and demonstrating an eye-catching turn-of-foot.
The colt, bred by the late Sidney Craig and owned by the Craig Family Trust of Jenny Craig, came out of the race at Del Mar with two sore shins. “We just freshened him up to get him ready for 2010,” said his trainer, John Sadler.
With Joe Talamo in the saddle, Sidney’s Candy abruptly hopped and stumbled at the start of his comeback race. He rushed into contention, made a move rounding the far turn, but gave way in the stretch, settling for fourth.
A Florida-bred son of Roman Ruler owned by Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable, Tiny Woods paid $13.80 for the win. Cardiff Giant, ridden by Christian Santiago Reyes, was a clear second by 4 1/2 lengths over Indian Firewater.
It was the second win in four sprint starts for Tiny Woods, who may be best suited for racing’s shorter distances, according to Baffert. The winning purse of $27,600 boosted his earnings to $65,200.
“He ran like he’s supposed to,” Baffert said in the winner’s circle. “He’s probably a sprinter, and he’s been training real good. We’ve always been high on him, and I think we’ll just stay here with him and hopefully he keeps running good.”