Dr. Joseph Rauch, co-owner and co-breeder of grade I winner and Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) pre-entrant Capt. Candyman Can, died Oct. 31, Daily Racing Form reported. He was 66.
Rauch, director of the urgent care department of Leesburg Regional Hospital near his home in Umatilla, Fla., not far from Ocala, bred the 3-year-old son of Candy Ride in partnership with David Zell and Suzi Shoemaker’s Lantern Hill Farm. The gelding is raced by Rauch and Zell, and trained by Ian Wilkes.
Capt. Candyman Can was declared the winner of the Aug. 29 NetJets King’s Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga when Vineyard Haven was disqualified. Capt. Candyman Can then ran second in the Phoenix Handicap (gr. III) at Keeneland Oct. 9.
Rauch has been involved in racing for about 40 years, since buying his first horse from former Darby Dan Farm owner John Galbreath.
The dam of Capt. Candyman Can, the 11-year-old stakes-winning Storm Creek mare Stormy Way, will be sold at the upcoming Keeneland November sale. She is in foal to Unbridled's Song. Also scheduled to be auctioned is the weanling half-brother to Capt. Candyman Can by Closing Argument.
Rauch is survived by his wife Rosemary, three daughters, and four grandchildren.