The highly acclaimed Candy Ride, winner of the American Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park July 4, took another step along the road to the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) with a sizzling seven-furlong workout Friday morning.
Owned by Sid and Jenny Craig of nearby Rancho Santa Fe and trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Ron McAnally, Candy Ride scorched the main track in 1:23.60.
It was the second spectacular work for Candy Ride, who drilled a bullet 1:11 for six furlongs on July 26.
Dan Landers, McAnally's assistant trainer, said of the work: "It was a very impressive move. We're on the path (to the Pacific Classic)."
Regular stable work rider Pat Dalton was in the irons.
The 1 1/4-mile Pacific Classic, which has been under something of a stranglehold by trainer Robert Frankel, who has won six of the 12 runnings, will be contested on Aug. 24.