TWIRLING CANDY, the nation’s #2 second-crop sire by black-type winners, is ending the year the way he began it: on a red-hot streak with winners across the nation.
They include two new stakes-performing juveniles, led by the 2yo colt Sweetontheladies. A Henry Collazo-trained youngster, Sweetontheladies won the $100,000 Juvenile Sprint S. at Gulfstream Park West on Nov. 12 and now has 3 wins from 4 starts.
TWIRLING CANDY had another new stakes horse a week later when the 2-year-old filly Candycoated Dame rallied to be a close-up third—beaten 1 1/4 lengths for the win—in the $100,000 Smart Halo S. at Laurel Park Nov. 19.
One TWIRLING CANDY 2-year-old to keep an eye on is Master Plan, the $850,000 OBSMAR grad who romped by 2 1/4 lengths in his second career start at Gulfstream Park West Oct. 22. Master Plan is owned by Al Shaqab Racing, WinStar Farm LLC and China Horse Club and is trained by Todd Pletcher.
Members of TWIRLING CANDY’s first crop, just three, continue to put up the goods, as well. In the last few days alone, he’s been represented by the new stakes winner Seaside Candy, who won the Si Cima Overnight S. at Fair Grounds Nov. 20 by four lengths. Seaside Candy is TWIRLING CANDY’s 8th stakes winner of 2016.
TWIRLING CANDY is the sire of Gianna’s Dream, who took her second straight stakes with a dominating wire-to-wire score at 3-5 in the $118,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf S. on Oct. 21.
In a four-day stretch in early November, TWIRLING CANDY saw three impressive allowance winners. Feldini, a 3-year-old colt who made $230,000 as a juvenling-in-training, kicked things off with a tally facing Santa Anita rivals Nov. 3, with another sophomore colt, Grand Candy, accounting for a $63,000 Churchill allowance by a facile 4 3/4-length margin Nov. 6.
Between those efforts came the 3-year-old filly Finley’sluckycharm, a possible star in the marking on the basis of her five-length route of Churchill allowance foes Nov. 5. Finley’sluckycharm began her career with two wins at Fair Grounds and Oaklawn, respectively, then after unplaced effort in the G2 Rachel Alexandra, returned from a freshening to dazzle by 7 1/4 lengths in a five-furlong allowance dash on the dirt at Churchill Sept. 29. Hammered down to 3-5 in her latest, she again made short work of the task at hand, flying through :21.39 and :44.38 splits en route to a six-furlong clocking in 1:08.42.
TWIRLING CANDY’s momentum carried over to the bloodstock sales. At Keeneland November, his 3-year-old daughter Uptown Twirl, a multiple stake winner and a half to the pro-tem juvenile champion Classic Empire, sold for $1.075 million to Three Chimneys Farm.
TWIRLING CANDY: One of North America’s most exciting young stallions.