Just days before the Kentucky Derby, CHOCOLATE CANDY, son of CANDY RIDE galloped at Churchill Downs with jockey Mike Smith aboard. Despite of and in front of all the commotion caused by a tragic collision between two non-Derby horses, he remained cool as the other side of the pillow. The ability of CHOCOLATE CANDY to put in a great workout despite the disturbance was impressive.
However, this California-raced (but Kentucky-bred) colt out of a SEATTLE SLEW mare, CROWNETTE (who has produced all winners since she began her career as a broodmare) has yet to prevail and appear in the winner's circle outside of California. He finished 5th in Kentucky Derby out of 20 horses, but In Saturday'S Belmont, he will be one of only 10 runners.
Photos of CHOCOLATE CANDY courtesy of Photos by Z
Sweet, though, is the fact that he has drawn the Number 1 post position for this Saturday's Grade I Belmont Stakes. That ought to please his owners, who have collected over a half-million dollars during CHOCOLATE CANDY's racing career; out of 10 starts, he has won 4 races, placed twice, and come in third once.
CHOCOLATE CANDY is owned by the Sid and Jenny Craig Trust, and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. He finished second to Grade I Santa Anita Derby Winner PIONEER OF THE NILE, and won the El Camino Real Derby, which is a Grade III stakes race.
Pray for peace, y'all,