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

2022 racing: EARLY VOTING, winner of the $1,500,000 Preakness S. (G1) and the Withers S. (G3); CYBERKNIFE, winner of the $1,250,000 Arkansas Derby (G1), the $1,017,500 Haskell S. (G1), and the Matt Winn S. (G3); TAIBA, winner of the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) in his second start; GUNITE, winner of the Amsterdam S. (G2) and the Maxfield Overnight S.; ECHO ZULU, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) in her 3YO debut; WICKED HALO, winner of the Tepin S. and the Leslie’s Lady Overnight S. and placed in the Eight Belles S. (G2); SHOTGUN HOTTIE, winner of the Ruthless S., runner-up in the Monmouth Oaks (G3) and the Delaware Oaks (G3), and placed in the Gazelle S. (G3); RED RUN, winner of the Bob Bork Texas Turf Mile S. and placed in the American Derby; SOCIETY, winner of the Monomoy Girl Overnight S.; PAPPACAP, runner-up in the Woody Stephens S. (G1) and the Pat Day Mile S. (G2), placed in the Lecomte S. (G3); McLaren Vale, placed in the San Vicente S. (G2); Radio Days, placed in the Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2) and runner-up in the Boiling Springs S.; Running Legacy, placed in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2); Runninsonofagun, runner-up in the Dwyer S. (G3) and placed in the Amsterdam S. (G2); Beguine, runner-up in the Fantasy S. (G3); Runaway Wife, runner-up in the Indiana Oaks (G3); etc.

2022 sales: Yearlings sold for $2,300,000, $1,400,000, etc.; 2YOs sold for $600,000, $525,000, $485,000, $400,000, $382,841, $320,000, 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 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.; CONCEPT, winner of the Kip Deville S.; OPTIONALITY, winner of the Trapeze S. and the Zia Park Princess S.; Costa Terra, placed in the Ellis Park Juvenile S.; Joyrunner, 8-length allowance winner and placed in the White Clay Creek S.; TDN Rising Star American Icon, deput MdSpWt winner at Gulfstream by 8 1/2 lengths; TDN Rising Star Radio Days, a $750,000 yearling that is now 2-for-2; MdSpWt winners: Red Run at Churchill; Guntown & Elusive Target at Ellis Park; Gran Aplauso at Sappora Racecourse in Japan; etc.

First-crop 2YOs at F-T Gulfstream sold for $1,700,000, $850,000, $450,000, etc. Second-crop yearlings sold for $975,000, $875,000, $850,000, $775,000, $675,000, $675,000, $625,000, $550,000, etc. Weanlings sold for $380,000, $280,000, $270,000, $250,000, $210,000, etc.

#1 First-Crop Yearling Sire of 2020. Yearlings sold for $775,000, $750,000, $750,000, $625,000, $510,000, $500,000, 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


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