Capt. Candyman Can pulls away in the Matt Winn.

Capt. Candyman Can pulls away in the Matt Winn.

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Capt. Candyman Can Wins Matt Winn Stakes

His fourth stakes win comes at the expense of Cash Refund at Churchill Downs.

(from Churchill Downs)

Capt. Candyman Can collected the fourth stakes win of his career when he out-kicked 4-5 favorite Cash Refund by three-quarters of a length in the $106,900 Matt Winn Stakes for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs May 16 (VIDEO).
 
Capt. Candyman Can, ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Ian Wilkes, ran seven furlongs in 1:22.89 and paid $4, $2.10, and $2.10 as the even-money second choice in the field of five 3-year-olds. Cash Refund returned $2.20 and $2.10 as the betting favorite after back-to-back eye-catching performances against maidens and allowance company. Conchacer finished third, another 5 1/2 lengths behind the runner-up, and paid $2.20. Zigaree and Dance Caller completed the order of finish.
 
Capt. Candyman Can settled behind early pacesetters Dance Caller and Cash Refund, who rattled off the first quarter-mile in :22.76 and the half in :44.95. Castellano worked him forward off of the inside rail, and swung three-wide on the final turn to engage the leaders. The winner inched away from Cash Refund in the stretch.
 
Capt. Candyman Can, a gelded son of Candy Ride out of the Storm Creek mare Stormy Way, earned $66,278 for owners Joseph Rauch and David Zell. The Kentucky-bred has now earned $410,423 and boosted his record to five wins from eight starts.
 
As a 2-year-old, Capt Candyman Can  scored an impressive victory in the Iroquois (gr. III) and followed it with a third-place run in the Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II), both at Churchill Downs.
 
He started this season with a victory in Gulfstream Park’s seven-furlong Hutcheson (gr. II), but dropped off the Triple Crown following a fourth-place run behind Quality Road in the one-mile Fountain of Youth (gr. II).  Capt. Candyman Can returned to a shorter distance for the April 4 Bay Shore (gr. III), a seven-furlong test at Aqueduct, and the result was a 3 3/4-length victory.