Candy Ride left no doubt about his readiness Thursday morning as he zipped a mile in 1:35 2/5 over a fast Del Mar main track in his most serious workout in preparation for the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Aug. 24.The speedy Argentine-bred, owned by Sid and Jenny Craig and trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, went out 1 1/8 mile in 1:48.20 with Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens in the irons. The Del Mar clockers caught the 4-year-old bay colt in :47 3/5 for the first half-mile, :59 2/5 for five furlongs, 1:11 3/5 for six furlongs and 1:23 3/5 for seven furlongs. He stopped the clock in his final eighth of a mile in :11 4/5.A delighted McAnally called the work "fantastic." "Sid and his family were there, as well as Ted Aroney (a close friend of the Craigs) and they were very happy. Gary worked the horse and he was very impressed with him. He's very confident."This was his last major work," McAnally continued. "Now we'll sit back and see who we have to run against." Since his victory in the American Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park July 4, Candy Ride has posted these other works. He went four furlongs in :48 at Hollywood Park on July 13; five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 at Hollywood July 19; six furlongs in 1:11 July 26 at Del Mar; seven furlongs in 1:23 3/5 Aug. 1 at Del Mar, and one mile in 1:36 1/5 at Del Mar on August 7. At the other end of the spectrum, Kudos turned in an easy mile in 1:40 2/5 working in tandem with Quake. The 6-year-old Pacific Classic prospect started together with Quake but finished four lengths ahead.Kudos, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss and trained by Richard Mandella, worked under the watchful eye of Becky Witzman, an assistant to Mandella, who is in the Chicago area to saddle The Tin Man in Saturday's Arlington Million at Arlington Park. Of the work, Witzman said: "He did everything right. We didn't want anything too fast. He went very steady and very strong."
Regular work rider Janeen Painter was in the saddle for Kudos' work. Three other prospects figure to line up for the Pacific Classic. Medaglia d'Oro and Milwaukee Brew are expected to represent six-time Pacific Classic winner Robert Frankel and Fleetstreet Dancer will be saddled by Doug O'Neill. Frankel's pair is scheduled to ship west from Saratoga Race Course in New York next week.