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Holy Candy scratched from SA Derby, to aim for Blue Grass

Holy Candy, who would have been a gift to hunch players on Easter weekend, has been scratched from Saturday's Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby.

Since the well-regarded son of Candy Ride had just broken his maiden 15 days ago, trainer John Sadler had been mulling whether to wheel him right back at Santa Anita, or await next Saturday's Grade 1 Blue Grass at Keeneland. Sadler ultimately decided to point for that 1 1/8-mile race on Polytrack instead.

Holy Candy has raced once on synthetic, finishing a close second to Empire Way in his career debut over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track in November. Switching scene to Santa Anita, he chased Castaway in January, and was caught by Stirred Up on March 3, before finally earning his maiden win on March 23. Sadler immediately announced his intent to seek graded earnings in hopes of landing a Kentucky Derby berth.

Joel Rosario, who was aboard for his impressive 3 1/2-length tally, will have the Blue Grass mount, according to Daily Racing Form.

A Craig Stables homebred, Holy Candy is raced in partnership with Donkey Island Racing, a group including Alex Solis II and New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

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Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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