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Kiaran began his career as an assistant trainer for top trainers including D. Wayne Lukas. After a brief stint training in the United Arab Emirates, McLaughlin returned to the United States with his own string of horses. In 2006, he trained Belmont Stakes winner Jazil as well as Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Invasor who would go on to win the 2007 Dubai World Cup. Other top horses include Henny Hughes, Lear's Princess, It's Tricky, Soldat and Flashy Bull. Kiaran has started four horses in the Kentucky Derby with his top finisher, Closing Argument, who finished second in 2005.
Railtown Girl is by undefeated Argentinean champion Candy Ride out of the Orientate mare Harlow Gold.
Candy Ride competed just three times stateside, taking an optional claimer over Hollywood Park’s main track and that venue’s grassy Grade 2 American Handicap, before scoring a 3 1/4-length victory in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic on Del Mar’s main surface in 2003.
The bay has done pretty well in the breeding shed as well, siring the likes of Misremembered, Sidney’s Candy, Twirling Candy, Capt. Candyman Can, El Brujo, Evita Argentina and Home Sweet Aspen, all of whom are Grade 1 winners.
Harlow Gold never tried stakes rivals, sticking to allowance and claiming events during her 15-race career, but is a half-sister to dual Grade 3 hero Sea of Tranquility.
Railtown Girl’s female family has also produced 1987 champion mare North Sider.
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