Sidney’s Candy turned his turf debut into a dazzling display of speed, breaking the track record while romping home by five and a half lengths in the Grade 2 $150,000 La Jolla Handicap.
Ridden by Joel Rosario for the fist time, the three-year-old son of Candy Ride was sent off as the 7-to-5 favorite and covered the mile and a sixteenth distance in 1:39.52, eclipsing the previous record by less than a fifth of a second. Remarkably, he also broke the track record for five and a half furlongs in his maiden score here last year on the main track.
After dueling with Macias through extremely quick fractions early, Sidney’s Candy opened up a whopping 13 length lead turning for home and cruised through the lane to win the fourth graded stake of his career and increase his earnings to $803,560.
Sidney’s Candy is owned by The Craig Family Trust and trained by John Sadler, the same connections for Twirling Candy, another Candy Ride colt who was impressive in winning the Oceanside Stakes over the turf on Opening Day.