Today in Racing, Feb 2, 2014

Candyman E won the G3 Toboggan at Aqueduct on Saturday; and that’s two wins in the two starts since his former connections unwisely tried to slip him by for a $62.5K claiming tag (and his third straight win overall).  He was claimed that day by David Jacobson, also the subject of today’s Big A Play of the Day.  Didn’t take long to earn back that expenditure; Candyman E has now earned a cool $150,000 for the barn, (and now over $500,000 overall) and this was his first graded stakes win.  The 112 TFUS speed figure that he earned is his best since September, 2011, and marks his sixth straight triple digit figure. Here’s a seven-year old with only 21 career starts whose prospects are bright for his new barn.

The top figure in the race went to runner-up Dads Caps, who earned a 113 in deference to the quick fractions he set – splits of 22 4/5 and 22 3/5 to the half.  He looked like a winner at the sixteenth pole but just failed to hold off the winner. Dads Caps is trained by Rudy Rodriguez, Jacobson’s closest pursuer in the trainer standings, though still nine wins behind him.  This lightly race four-year old lived up to his ‘Leader’ running style, and I imagine he won’t hurt his stellar early pace number of 116 with this effort.

Screen Shot 2014-02-02 at 12.08.58 PMA nice horse indeed, and though he hasn’t quite been able to handle Candyman E in his last two races, we can look forward to these two knocking heads again as the winter season goes on.

 

Rodriguez later won the Correction with Lion D N A, a horse with whom he has done quite well off a claim.  He took this daughter of Lion Heart for just 35K in August, and she now has three wins and three seconds in six starts; this was her second straight stakes win. She earned a career-high TFUS speed figure of 97.

Those of us who doubted the two NY-breds that went off as virtual co-favorites in the Withers were forced to eat some humble pie after the two of them ran off from the rest and earned sparkling TFUS speed figures of 108, big moves forward for both colts.  It was Samraat who prevailed over Uncle Sigh, who was the slight betting favorite with both going off at 1.15-to-1.  He’s a son of Noble Causeway out of an Indian Charlie half-sister to the Mother Goose winner Nonsuch Bay….whereas Uncle Sigh is a son of Indian Charlie out of a mare by Pine Bluff, like Noble Causeway, a Northern Dancer-line sire.

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