August 16, 2010

Like Taking Candy From a Baby

One of the most interesting angles in the handicapping of thoroughbred horse racing is when a horse tries turf for the first time. Seeing a runner that figures to improve from the switch to grass going in, can be an exciting proposition. When that first-time turfer does just that, and steps up his game to win on the lawn, you tend to dream about how good a turf horse he may become. If that horse was already a grade 1 winner, the dreams get raised to a whole new level. Such was the case on Saturday for one of the top sophomores in the nation, as Sidney’s Candy made his turf debut in the feature at Del Mar. Trainer John Sadler never lost faith in his charge despite having lost his last two races following his Santa Anita Derby romp in April. Sadler also was confident that Sidney’s Candy would take to the grass, and expected a big performance from him on Saturday. He got just that, and then some.
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Chief said...

Hands down the best race by any 3-year-old this year.

Brian Zipse said...

It was awfully good Chief, but so was Lookin at Lucky's performance in the Haskell. By the way, there is a chance that both will show up for the Pennsylvania Derby in a few weeks.