The Craig Family Trust's homebred SIDNEY'S CANDY (Candy Ride [Arg]) moved to the front soon after the gates opened on Monday's $150,000 San Vicente S. (G2) at Santa Anita and was never headed en route to a 4 1/4-length victory under jockey Joe Talamo.
"I was confident he'd bounce back with a good effort today," Talamo said. "(Trainer) John (Sadler) told me to just get a good start and go from there. At the three-eighths I just kind of clucked to him and he got right into the bridle.
"They've done a great job with this horse. I just basically sat on him today and I couldn't believe that final time, that's awesome. It's very exciting to have a horse of this caliber."
Sent off the 2-1 favorite in the seven-horse field, Sidney's Candy posted splits of :22 3/5, :45 2/5 and 1:08 3/5 before running away in the stretch to finish in 1:20 4/5 for seven furlongs on the Pro-Ride. He paid $6.20, $3.60 and $2.40 while keying the $12.10 exacta ($1) and $55.30 trifecta ($1).
Tiny Woods (Roman Ruler) tracked in second throughout and held that spot on the wire by 1 3/4 lengths over Classical Slew (Bernstein) to return $3.80 and $2.60 at 3-1. Classical Slew stayed within striking range on the backstretch but was outrun in the stretch, giving back $4 as the 8-1 fifth pick. Runaway Bandido (Runaway Groom), the 20-1 second longest shot on the board, ended the 3-5-4-7 superfecta ($1) that totaled $347.40.
Quiet Invader (Songandaprayer), Gilligan (Grand Reward) and Raging Wit (Distorted Humor) completed the order under the wire.
Sidney's Candy just missed by a head in his career debut at Del Mar in late July, but easily broke through with a first win with a four-length victory back at that track one month later in track-record time of 1:02.71 for 5 1/2 furlongs. He ran an uncharacteristic fourth in his three-year-old bow in an allowance won by Tiny Woods, but easily avenged that loss here while moving his record to 4-2-1-0 and increasing his earnings to $133,560.
"In his last start, he had been off four or five months, he was a little heavy and he didn't break," Sadler explained. "He's kind of a free-running horse, so when he got out of his game the other day it didn't surprise me that he didn't run well. We want him to do what he does, which is kind of bouncing around a little bit with some natural speed. Once I saw him get rhythmic today I knew we were going to be fine. The plan today was to get him back on the lead.
"I don't know what's next yet. We're going to look at all the different races. The reason I didn't want to go into an allowance race is because of the graded earnings for the big stuff (Kentucky Derby [G1]). He'll be going around two turns next time, that's for sure. Which one of those races it is, we don't know yet."
The Kentucky-bred chestnut is out of the Storm Cat mare Fair Exchange, who is the only registered foal produced by multiple Grade 1 heroine Exchange (Explodent).