Candy Boy Wins Robert Lewis Stakes
Added on: Feb. 11, 2014
Candy Boy earned 10 more points towards a place at this year’s Kentucky Derby after powering past Chitu (pronounced Sheetoo) to win the $250,000, Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. This event took place at Santa Anita in Arcadia, California, on Saturday 8th February.
In addition to the 10 points that Candy Boy managed to take from the race, runner-up Chitu walked away with four points for a strong second place finish and Midnight Hawk earned two points towards being able to run at this year’s prestigious Kentucky Derby.
These points are based on the Churchill Downs point scoring system and they will be used to decide which other horse(s) will have a chance to run on May 3rd at the Kentucky Derby. Candy Boy, son of Candy Ride, was ridden by Gary Stevens on Saturday who also managed to fend off third place Midnight Hawk (the 6-5 favourite), a horse that was ridden by Mike Smith.
“For a big horse he has a lot of acceleration and confidence on the turn,” said the 50 year old rider, Gary Stevens. He continued, “I was closer than I thought we were going to be today. He's grown a lot lately, he's grown but he's also grown [mentally], too. I've been up for his last five works and we haven't really squeezed the trigger yet.
The gallop-out was huge today and I was already thinking about the Santa Anita Derby as we were galloping out around the turn. It was a lot of fun and he didn't even take a deep breath after the race. He's a super talent.”
Candy Boy is trained by John Sadler and he managed to complete the 1/16-mile dirt track in a time of 1:41 4/5. This latest win took his overall earnings to $305,600 and in just six starts this horse has achieved a total of two victories and two second place finishes. Sadler made it clear that Candy Boy’s next fixture would most likely be the Grade l, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday April 5th.
“I just wanted Gary to be patient, because [Candy Boy] runs a distance, no problem. He kind of had a premature move a little bit in the CashCall. I think Gary will tell you that, you know, he moved him a little bit quick. Now he knows him a little better,” said Candy Boy’s trainer, Sadler. The comments contained within this article came directly from ESPN horse racing.