• Candy Ride (ARG) - Quiet Giant, by Giant's Causeway
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Six first-crop G1 winners, including Preakness champion Early Voting and Breeders’ Cup champion Echo Zulu

#1 General Sire of 2023 by G1SH, %GSH, and %SH.

2024 racing: SIERRA LEONE, winner of the Blue Grass S. (G1) and Risen Star S. (G2) and second in the Kentucky Derby (G1); GUN PILOT, first in the Churchill Downs S. (G1) and second in the $175,000 Eclipse S.; VAHVA, first in the Derby City Distaff (G1) and second in the Madison S. (G1); GUN SONG, winner of the Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2); IL MIRACOLO, winner of the Ghostzapper S. (G3) and third in the Gulfstream Park Mile (G2) and Alysheba S. (G2); SHOTGUN HOTTIE, winner of the Allaire DuPont Distaff S.; RECHARGE, winner of the $250,000 Sunland Park Oaks; INTRICATE, second in the Rachel Alexandra S. (G2); RED ROUTE ONE, winner of the New Orleans Classic S. (G2), second in the Louisiana S. (G3), and third in the Oaklawn H. (G2); CANDY AISLE, winner of the Borderplex S. and runner up in the $250,000 Sunland Park Oaks; Perfect Shot, second in the Silverbulletday S. and third in the Rachel Alexandra S. (G2)Deviletta, second in the $125,000 Island Fashion S.; Imperial Gun, second in the $200,000 Bathhouse Row S. and third in the Sir Barton S.; Absinthe, second in the $200,000 Dig a Diamond S.; RED RUN, third in the John B. Connally Turf Cup S. (G3);  etc.

2024 juveniles sold for up to $725,000.

2023 racing: ECHO ZULU, winner of the Ballerina H. (G1), the Honorable Miss S. (G2) and the Winning Colors S. (G3) and the co-fastest horse of 2023 with a 112 Beyer; GUNITE, 3-time stakes winner in 2023, including the Forego S. (G1) and placed in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1); LOCKED, winner of the Breeders’ Futurity (G1); CHATALAS, winner of the Chandelier S. (G2), second in the Blue Norther S., and third in the Starlet S. (G2); VAHVA, winner of the Raven Run S. (G2), Charles Town Oaks (G3), and placed in the Victory Ride S. (G3); INTRICATE, winner of the Golden Rod S. (G2); LIFE TALK, winner of the Demoiselle (G2); RED ROUTE ONE, winner of the West Virginia Derby (G3) and the Bath House Row S., runner-up in the Rebel S. (G2), the Oklahoma Derby (G3), the Southwest S. (G3), and third in the $300,000 Zia Park Derby; SHOTGUN HOTTIE, winner of the Molly Pitcher S. (G3) and the Lady’s Secret S.; DISARM, winner of the Matt Winn S. (G3) and runner-up in the Travers S. (G1) and the Louisiana Derby (G2); SOCIETY, winner of the Chicago S. (G3) and placed in the Madison S. (G1); IL MIRACOLO, winner of the Smarty Jones S. (G3), second in the Fayette S. (G2), and third in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) and Clark S. (G1); WICKED HALO, winner of the Twin Bridges S., Dream Supreme S., and the Matron S., runner-up in the Derby City Distaff S. (G1); ARI OAKLEY, winner of the Bold Ego H.; CANDY AISLE, 4 1/4-length winner of the Manzano S. and winner of the $100,000 Zia Park Princess S.; Bendoog, runner-up in the Al Maktoum Challenge R3 (G1); Wonder Ride, runner-up in the Spinaway S. (G1); Guns n’ Graces, runner-up in the Davona Dale S. (G2); RED RUN, placed in the Brooklyn S. (G2); Sierra Leone, second in the Remsen S. (G2) by a nose; RUNNINSONOFAGUN, runner-up in the Tom Fool H. (G3); Dreamlike, placed in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) and Wood Memorial S. (G2); Pulchitrude (JPN), placed in the Flower Cup (G3); Grand Love, placed in the Honeybee S. (G3); Risk It, placed in the Iroquois (G3); etc.

2023 sales: 2YOs sold for $2,200,000, €543,210 (in Dubai), $525,000, $450,000, $400,000, etc. Yearlings sold for $1,250,000, $1,200,000, $1,150,000, $1,000,000, $850,000, $800,000, $775,000, $650,000$650,000. Weanlings sold for $750,000, $470,000, $410,000, $400,000, etc. In-foal mares sold for up to $1.8 million.

#1 Sire of 3-Year-Olds in 2022—$13,423,330 in progeny earnings

#1 General Sire of 2022 by %G1SWs, %GSWs, %BTWs, %G1SHs, %GSHs, %BTHs

2022 racing: TAIBA, winner of the Malibu S. (G1), the Santa Anita Derby (G1), and the Pennsylvania Derby (G1); CYBERKNIFE, winner of the Arkansas Derby (G1), the Haskell S. (G1), and the Matt Winn S. (G3), runner-up in the Travers S. (G1), placed in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1); EARLY VOTING, winner of the Preakness S. (G1) and the Withers S. (G3); SOCIETY, winner of the Cotillion S. (G1) and the Charles Town Oaks (G3); GUNITE, winner of the Amsterdam S. (G2) and runner-up in the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial S. (G1); ECHO ZULU, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) and the Dogwood S. (G3); WICKED HALO, winner of the Raven Run S. (G2), the Tepin S. and the Leslie’s Lady Overnight S.; SIXTYTHREECALIBER, winner of the Comely S. (G3) and the Seneca Overnight S.; RUNNINSONOFAGUN, winner of the Bold Ruler S. (G3) and runner-up in the Dwyer S. (G3), placed in the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial S. (G1); etc.

2022 sales: Yearlings sold for $2,300,000, $1,500,000, $1,400,000, $1,200,000, $1,150,000, $1,100,000, $1,050,000, etc.; Weanlings sold for $675,000, $625,000, $550,000, $550,000, $490,000, $425,000, $400,000, etc. 2YOs sold for $600,000, $525,000, $485,000, $400,000, etc.

Champion First-Crop Sire by every category—set a new record for progeny earnings by a first-crop sire: over $4.3 million

#1 Sire of 2YOs in 2021 by earnings, BTWs, GSWs, G1Ws, G1Hs, and wins

31 first-crop juvenile winners, including: undefeated Eclipse Champion 2-Year-Old Filly ECHO ZULU, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), Frizette S. (G1) and Spinaway S. (G1) and earned a 92 Beyer in her debut; GUNITE, winner of the Hopeful S. (G1) and runner-up in the Saratoga Special (G2); PAPPACAP, winner of the Best Pal S. (G2) and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and American Pharoah (G1); WICKED HALO, winner of the Adirondack S. (G2) and placed in the Debutante S.; etc.

2017 Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male

Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Champion

Capped his brilliant career with a dominating win in the world’s richest race, the $16 million Pegasus World Cup (G1)

Retired with earnings of $15,988,500

Gun Runner

Can’t tell you the level of appreciation I have for him. Because very few horses accept the amount of pressure that was applied to him. Especially in the style in which he did it.

— trainer Steve Asmussen on Gun Runner’s Breeders’ Cup Classic win


Candy Ride's leading earner and best son

Out of a Grade 2-winning half-sister to Horse of the Year Saint Liam

Graded Stakes Wins:

$16,000,000 Pegasus World Cup (G1)
$6,000,000 Breeders Cup Classic (G1)
$1,200,000 Whitney S. (G1)
$750,000 Woodward S. (G1)
$500,000 Stephen Foster H. (G1)
$500,000 Clark H. (G1)
$1,000,000 Louisiana Derby (G2)
$400,000 Risen Star S. (G2)
$500,000 Razorback H. (G3)
$100,000 Matt Winn S. (G3)

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Race Record

Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd (sp) 3rd (sp) Earnings
2 3 2 0 0 $66,920
3 9 4 (4) 2 (2) 2 (2) $1,970,880
4 6 5 (5) 1 (1) 0 $6,950,700
5 1 1 (1) 0 0 $7,000,000
19 12(10) 3(3) 2(2) $15,988,500


At 2: Won

A maiden special weight at Churchill Downs (8f in 1:37.83 by ¾ lengths, defeating Gametown, Gray Sky, Blame the Caddie, My Majestic Flight, Paschal, Hint of Roses, Arcus)

An allowance at Keeneland (8.5f in 1:44.69 by 2 lengths, defeating Uncle Jerry, Rafting, Bandwidth, One Fine Dream, Meeteetse Fly, Smart Moon, He’s From Queens)


At 3: Won

Clark H. at Churchill Downs (G1, 9f in 1:48.50, by 2 ¾ lengths, defeating Breaking Lucky, Shaman Ghost, Hoppertunity, Hawaakom, Effinex, Noble Bird, Are You Kidding Me, Prayer for Relief, Mr. Z) [WATCH RACE]

Risen Star S. at Fair Grounds (G2, 8.5f in 1:43.94, defeating Forevamo, Mo Tom, Candy My Boy, Zapperini, In Equality, Tom’s Ready, Its All Relevant, Bistraya, Airoforce, Uncle Walter) [WATCH RACE]

Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds (G2, 9f in 1:51.06, by 4 ½ lengths, defeating Tom’s Ready, Dazzling Gem, Mo Tom, Forevamo, Candy My Boy, Greenpointcrusader, Conquest Windycity, Uncle Walter, Battery) [WATCH RACE]

Matt Winn S. at Churchill Downs (G3, 8.5 in 1:41.12, by 5 ¼ lengths, defeating Gray Sky, Texas Chrome, Virtual Machine, Yo Carm, Cutacorner) [WATCH RACE]


At 3: 2nd

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Park (G1, 8f, to Tamarkuz, defeating Accelerate, Dortmund, Tom’s Ready, Point Piper, Vyjack, Runhappy, Texas Chrome) 

Pennsylvania Derby at Parx (G2, 9f, to Connect, defeating Wild About Deb, My Man Sam, Awesome Slem, Nyquist, Exaggerator, Cupid, Summer Revolution, Discreet Lover, Sunny Ridge, Hit It Once More)


At 3: 3rd

Kentucky Derby  at Churchill Downs (G1, 10f, to Nyquist and Exaggerator, defeating Mohaymen, Suddenbreakingnews, Destin, Brody’s Cause, etc.)

Travers S.  at Saratoga (G1, 10f, to Arrogate and American Freedom, defeating Gift Box, Governor Malibu, Connect, etc.)


At 4: Won

Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar (G1, 10f in 2:01.29, by 2 ¼ lengths, defeating Collected, West Coast, War Story, Arrogate, Gunnevera, Churchill (IRE), Mubtaahij (IRE), War Decree, Pavel, Win The Space) [WATCH RACE]

Woodward S. at Saratoga (G1, 9f in 1:47.43, by 10 ¼ lengths, defeating Rally Cry, Neolithic, War Story, Discreet Lover) [WATCH RACE]

Whitney S. at Saratoga (G1, 9f in 1:47.71, by 5 ¼ lengths, defeating Keen Ice, Breaking Lucky, War Story, Discreet Lover, Tu Brutus (CHI), Cautious Giant) [WATCH RACE]

Stephen Foster H. at Churchill Downs (G1, 9f in 1:47.56, by 7 lengths, defeating Honorable Duty, Breaking Lucky, Hawaakom, Stanford, Texas Chrome, Mo Tom, Bird Song) [WATCH RACE]

Razorback H. at Oaklawn Park (G3, 8.5f in 1:40.97,  by 5 ¾ lengths, defeating Hawaakom, Domain’s Rap, Goats Town, Smack Smack, Blue Tone) [WATCH RACE]


At 4: 2nd

Dubai World Cup  at Meydan (G1, 10f in 2:02.15, to Arrogate, defeating Neolithic, Mubtaahij (IRE), Awardee, Hoppertunity, Keen Ice, Lani, etc)


At 5: Won

Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park (G1, 9f in 1:47.41, by 2 ½ lengths, defeating West Coast, Gunnevera, Fear the Cowboy, Seeking the Soul, Stellar Wind, Collected, Sharp Azteca, Giant Expectations, War Story, Singing Bullet, Toast of New York) [WATCH RACE]

At 4: Won
At 4: Won
At 4: Won

Progeny Photos

Red Route One capturing the 2024 New Orleans Classic (G2) - Hodges photography Locked (left) holds off The Wine Steward in Keeneland's Breeders' Futurity (G1) - Coady photography Life Talk cruises to victory in the Demoiselle S. (G2) - Sarah Andrew/NYRA Chatalas and jockey Antonio Fresu win the Grade II $200,000 Chandelier Stakes Saturday, October 7, 2023 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA. Sierra Leone splashes to victory in the 2024 Risen Star S. (G2) - Hodges photo


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