Derby Contenders

Sid & Jenny Craig

Sid and Jenny Craig, who co-founded the successful weight loss company that bears her name, raced horses together until Sid's death last July. Their horses are now campaigned in the name of their trust. Chocolate Candy's current success is particularly poignant. The homebred colt is by one of the Craigs' top runners, Candy Ride (Arg), who captured the 2003 Pacific Classic (G1) and retired undefeated. The couple enjoyed a unique Derby experience in 1992. Jenny purchased English Group 1 star Dr Devious (Ire) for $2.5 million for her husband's 60th birthday, with a view toward winning the Kentucky Derby (G1). Unfortunately, he finished seventh in the Run for the Roses, but he returned to England to capture the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1). Other notable performers sporting the Craig silks include Hall of Famer Paseana (Arg), the champion older mare in 1992-93; multiple Grade 1 heroines Alpride (Ire), Different (Arg) and Exchange; and multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Brave Act (GB). Aside from their success in the business and racing worlds, the Craigs have been well known for their charitable endeavors, supporting such organizations as San Diego Hospice, Easter Seals, United Way/CHAD, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. They also made significant donations to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina as well as the San Diego fires. Two years ago, Sid and Jenny became the first couple ever to receive the Horatio Alger Award in Washington, D.C. In her 2004 autobiography, “The Jenny Craig Story: How One Woman Changes Millions of Lives,” Jenny offered the following portrait of her husband: “Sid … has the charisma of a Jack Kennedy, the intelligence of an Alan Greenspan, the creative mind of a Steven Spielberg, and the humor of a Jackie Mason, along with the good looks of a Clark Gable.”