WinStar sells an interest in Sidney's Candy
Thursday, June 30, 2011

WinStar Farm has sold an interest in Grade 1 winner Sidney's Candy to the Argentina-based Rubio B Stable, and plans to shuttle him to Ricardo Benedicto's Haras La Pasion in Argentina for the 2012 Southern Hemisphere breeding season following Sidney's Candy's introductory season at stud in North America at WinStar. Plans call for the brilliant chestnut colt to retire following the 2011 racing season, but until then he'll race for WinStar Farm and Rubio B.

“Rubio B has acquired a significant interest in Sidney's Candy, and he will shuttle to Haras La Pasion in Argentina after his initial season at WinStar,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar President/CEO & Racing Manager. “We've been impressed with Haras La Pasion for a long time and like what they bring to the table. They're a leader in Argentina and have a great program. So we're thrilled to be working with one of the best that South America has to offer, and it's especially important that we happen to share the same passion for Sidney's Candy and his great potential.”

Earlier this month, Sidney's Candy was acquired by WinStar and turned over to trainer Todd Pletcher, who is pointing the colt for several marquee races the second half of the year. Antonio Bullrich and John Fulton helped consummate the deal between WinStar and Rubio B, a perennial leading Thoroughbred owner in Argentina.

“Candy Ride is special to Argentina because he was the best horse to ever leave the country,” said Benedicto of Haras La Pasion, which is located in the Providence of Buenos Aires. “Sidney's Candy is his best son, and we're excited about our relationship with WinStar.”

By Candy Ride (Arg) out of the Storm Cat mare Fair Exchange, Sidney's Candy is a five-time graded stakes winner and two-time track record-setter. He owns graded victories on dirt, turf and synthetics, with his biggest win to date coming in the form of a 4 1/2-length romp in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) as a 3-year-old over champion Lookin At Lucky. At two, Sidney's Candy broke the 5 1/2-furlong track record at Del Mar in 1:02.71 before returning a year later to break the 1 1/16-mile course record in 1:39.52 over the Del Mar turf course. He currently holds earnings of $953,560.

Exaggerator triumphs over Nyquist in Preakness (G1) title=

Exaggerator triumphs over Nyquist in Preakness (G1)

On a rainy afternoon in Maryland, Exaggerator one-upped his second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1) with a rousing victory in the $1.5 million Preakness S. (G1)...

[read more]

Exaggerator's connections “confident” ahead of Preakness (G1) title=

Exaggerator's connections “confident” ahead of Preakness (G1)

Exaggerator's big rally in the May 7 Kentucky Derby (G1) have his connections looking forward to the rematch with Nyquist in Saturday's $1.5 million Preakness S. (G1)...

[read more]

More Than Ready filly rolls to stakes victory at York title=
More Than Ready

More Than Ready filly rolls to stakes victory at York

Nemoralia, twice Grade 1-placed in the U. S. last year, secured her first stakes victory on Friday at York in Great Britain...

[read more]

Bodemeister’s first winner impressively takes debut at Gulfstream title=

Bodemeister’s first winner impressively takes debut at Gulfstream

WinStar Farm’s freshman sire Bodemeister, the dual classic-placed, Grade 1-winning son of Empire Maker, was represented with his first winner on Wednesday, when 2-year-old filly Bode’s Dream scored an impressive debut victory in a $42,000 Maiden Special Weight at Gulfstream Park...

[read more]

Joking gets serious in $100,000 Diablo S. title=
Distorted Humor

Joking gets serious in $100,000 Diablo S.

Joking left his connections all smiles after the son of Distorted Humor rallied from last to first in the stretch to take the $100,000 Diablo S...

[read more]

Ironicus captures Fort Marcy S. (G3) in 2016 debut title=
Distorted Humor

Ironicus captures Fort Marcy S. (G3) in 2016 debut

Away from the races since last September, Ironicus was triumphant in his first 2016 outing with a 1 1/2-length score Saturday in the $150,000 Fort Marcy S. (G3)...

[read more]

Passion for Action rallies for first graded stakes win title=
Speightstown

Passion for Action rallies for first graded stakes win

Speightstown tallied his latest graded stakes winner on Saturday when Passion for Action rallied in the stretch to take the seven furlong Vigil S. (G3)...

[read more]

More Than Ready colt “great” for Kentucky Derby (G1) title=

More Than Ready colt “great” for Kentucky Derby (G1)

More Than Ready's 3-year-old colt Tom's Ready looks to make history in Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) when the colt breaks from post 12...

[read more]

Post 3 for Creator in Kentucky Derby 142 title=

Post 3 for Creator in Kentucky Derby 142

WinStar Farm's Grade 1 winner Creator drew post 3 for Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) when entries were drawn on Wednesday afternoon at Churchill Downs...

[read more]

Exaggerator lands post 11 for Kentucky Derby (G1) title=

Exaggerator lands post 11 for Kentucky Derby (G1)

Future WinStar stallion Exaggerator is right in the middle of the field in the gate for Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) getting post 11...

[read more]