• Candy Ride (ARG) - Quiet Giant, by Giant's Causeway
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  • Height: 16.1 ½
  • Entered Stud: 2018
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2022 racing: EARLY VOTING, winner of the Withers S. (G3); SHOTGUN HOTTIE, winner of the Ruthless S.; RED RUN, winner of the $200,000 Bob Bork Texas Turf Mile S.; McLaren Vale, placed in the San Vicente S. (G2); PAPPACAP, placed in the Lecomte S. (G3); Radio Days, runner-up in the Forward Gal S. (G3); OPTIONALITY, runner-up in the Martha Washington S.; 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 Trapese 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

On the board in 17 of 19 career starts—won 6 G1s

Broke his maiden on 2-year-old debut at Churchill Downs

At 3: in the money 8 of 9 times, including winning the Clark H. (G1), defeating older horses and 4 G1 winners

At 4: 5 wins in 6 starts by over 30 lengths with single season earnings of $6,950,700

Won the Stephen Foster (G1) by 7 lengths—the largest winning margin in the history of the race, 1/5th off the track record

Won the Woodward S. (G1) by 10 ¼ lengths, covering the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.43, the fastest of 12 Woodwards run at Saratoga

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

Hip 181 at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale sold for $1,700,000.


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