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~t of J~ ,F~,RSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Racing/Sports " Wednesday, March 28, 2012 B3 They saw Candy Spots' unusual markings on the lead in the Preakness BOB MADISON Spirit Staff Kentucky Derby? always win. front-running Never Bend, Can- Justescapingunscathedthrough After hashing (and thrashing) dy Spots and Shoemaker stayed Willie Shoemaker had been his two-year-old campaign had through their ideas of how the clear of the stretch-running Ken- brooding for two weeks about not been easy. In the Santa Ani- Preakness should be run, it was tucky Derby champion. Said his loss aboard the large Cali- ' ta Derby, there had been a horrif- decided to do what had been suc- Shoemaker of his inclination to fornia chestnut, Candy Spots. ic four-horse spill that involved cessful in Candy Spots' first six not only show his horse his whip "The Shoe" and owner Rex Ells- Candy Spots to some extent but races -- all wins. "The Shoe" but to also use it, "My horse ~vas worth's irregularly marked three- 'saw him stay upright and then go would try to move quickly from inclined to loaf." year-old had come into the Ken- on to win by more than a length, the starting gate, but then have Owner Ellsworth was the tucky Derby with an unbeaten Racing outside California for his big rawboned runner settle country's leading trainer in 1963 record. There had been six rac= the first time brought a confi- into a smooth and comfortable for the second straight year. es and six wins in Candy Spots' dence-building success in the stride and then come running Ellsworth's strapping chestnut past. And the colt and Shoemak- Florida Derby. like gangbusters at the end of the had been able to dwell in the mid- er were made the 7-5 favorite in And then came three wins in Pimlico stretch, die of the eight-horse field with- the 1963 Kentucky Derby. 1963 that had Candy Spots the After the final yards of the out much danger of being fenced But as things are wont to do in owner of a six-race win streak and Preakness had been negotiated in and not finding the needed el- thoroughbred racing, all did not unbeaten record coming through with Candy Spots in front, Shoe- bow room to get loose when the go well for the Califomians in to the aromatic, flowery smells on maker's furrowed frown hadtime came. The Derby. Kentucky DerbySaturday. been changed to his much-photo- Candy Spots had the most with- Though both Candy Spots Candy Spots was an elongat- graphed toothy smile, ering explosion of speed in the and No Robbery had joined the ed chestnut with the seldom- As he was led to the infield stretch that Preakness Day in '63. other seven thoroughbreds for seen markings of white and even winner's circle, Shoemaker re- The white patches and the that year's Run for the Roses, it black splotches on his rump and laxed in vindication. Even after black spots on his rump were not was the 9-1 Chateaugay that had flank. He was 16.2 hands tall. the defeat in the Kentucky Der- hard to find that afternoon. He thrilled the longshot bettors when And he had a phenomenal stride by, Candy Spots had been made was in front. And he would stay he won the day. of 28-feet. "Shoe" knew full well the 3-2 favorite for the Preakness right there. Now it was the day of the he was not a front-runner but and its eight-horse field. And Candy Spots would win the Preakness Stakes, the $180,000 could he let the pace setters get even with a third-place finish New Jersey Derby on the last middle leg of the Triple Crown too far in front like they had done in Kentucky, Candy Spots' just- Saturday in May before becom- series. And jockey Shoemaker in The Derby? finished win was something of a ing the only California-bred to was astride a conundrum that had Shoemaker was not sure. Own- vindication for all of California ever finish in the top three in all him wobbly in the saddle. Should er Ellsworth and trainer Mesh racing, the Triple Crown races. Running he contest the early lead sure to Tenney had also been unnerved "I didn't worry about Never for the fourth time in six weeks, be shown by Never Bend? Orby the way the Kentucky Derby Bend," Shoemaker would tell the Candy Spots was second in the should he follow the same path had unfolded. The threesome had throng in the grassy winner's cir- Belmont Stakes, the third jewel that had led to three straight wins been sure they had the best horse, cle. "I knew Chateaugay was the in the Triple Crown series. Cha- when Candy Spots was two and But the results showed them once one to beat." teaugay had won again in the three more wins preceding the again that the best horse doesn't After they had submerged the longer Belmont Stakes. AP Snow Chief in 1986 became owners everywhere across the the only California thoroughbred globe, Ellsworth's Preakness since Candy Spots to win any Stakes victory in 1963 was a Triple Crown race when he took jewel in itself but it wasn't the Preakness. what people remembered about Before his career was finished, his long-striding chestnut. In- Candy Spots had run -22 times stead, they remembered the white with five firsts and $824,718 in blotches and the few black mark- earnings. His later wins included ings he had on his body. The pub- successes in the American Der- lic could easily recognize him by by, Arlington Classic, and San sight ~vhile the record books Pasqual Handicap. remember him for his get-up- While winning a "classic" in and-go stretch run at Pimlico. the three-year-old Triple Crown That was the day he made "The series is a plum chased after by Shoe" smile. BENOIT PHOTO BOB MADISON Spirit Staff tient and been able to keep his emotions in check when plan- So far this year, Reneesgotzip ning the spring path for her. has been able to keep to a course That path leading to potential that will take her to Churchill glory has been plowed in Cali- Downs the first week in May. fornia. Should she continue training In her first race of the 2012 well for Peter Miller, and should calendar year, Reneesgotzip was her health remain just where she given a mid-January test in the is -- on the uptick and ready for 'Grade II San Ynez Stakes at the the best race of her young life -- visually perfect Santa Anita Race Reneesgotzip will be seen in the Course in Arcadia, California. She's a tremendous filly." Now, getting back to that quarter pole moment in the San Ynez. Reneesgotzip was in a clump of contenders for the lead when she moved lazily to her right and drifted toward her possible downfall. Naka- tani roused her: She responded by increasing a length lead to five lengths in just a matter of 40 yards. Properly aware of Nakatani's intentions, she left the competi- tion trying to save second place as she swallowed them by eight expanding lengths. Actually, the San Ynez Stakes was just her second lifetime race. The first hadn't come until the very end of 2011 when the two- year-old was still unraced. On December 18 of last year, she was at Hollywood Park and made her debut in a six furlong maiden race. Leaving the starting gate in good order, she led every step of the way in prevailing by just over two lengths. Trainer Miller showed his sat- isfaction of that first effort when Kentucky Oaks. The San Ynez was contested he told his thoughts: "I was sur- The lightbrownfillywithjust on January l5. The sprinter's dis- prised at how easy she won a hint of white on her forehead tance of 6 1/2 furlongs proved to her .first start. I thought my fil- was never considered by Miller be profitable for Miller and Re- ly might have needed an earli- or Lanni Family Trust (the list- neesgotzip. It was her first race er race, but evidently she didn't. ed owner) for this year's Ken- after the new year began and She had shown a lot of ability, tucky Derby. There are too many she was able to win it with only a but not this kind of ability." flourishing colts to trace of trouble. After the San Ynez Stakes, Jockey Corey Miller trained her to go farther realistically think Nakatani said of than the 6 1/2 lengths that had withShe couldthe rosesrun aWaYon ~[iq~d-~ic~: her moment of been her limit in two tries. the first Saturday ::daughte~n~o~ broken concen- Just three weeks ago, Renees- in May. ~li~'errace~ib~she tration during !he gotzip raced for the third time. At auction, Mill- ~m~thly San Ynez: "I ve It was the Grade I Las Virgenes er was the one who been getting on Stakes at a mile at Santa Anita. authorized a fi- this horse in the For the first time, unsolved nal bid of $40,000 morning for Pete, problems visited Nakatani for her. "I've al- and she's showed aboard Reneesgotzip. She didn't ways been a fan of City Zip, so I me every time what she can do. get an uncontested lead. In fact, thought $40,000 was a reasonable She was a little green coming~ to she didn't get to the lead at all. price to pay. She's got that same the quarter pole today. She shied A one-time starter named Eden's long stride that City Zip had." and drifted out so I shook her up Moon ripped through the first This streamlined and liquid- right there and she responded. 200 yards along the rail and had quick daughter hasn't won all her "It's a good thing that Pete relegated Reneesgotzip back to races, but she has been smooth- puts me to work on her because second place. Nakatani was giv- ly consistent and has stayed free you get to know what she's ca- ing chase . . . but his still-green of injury. Expectations have been pable of doing. He's confident in thoroughbred didn't ride through held in hand. Miller has been pa- what we wanted to do with her. the first turn with any flourish at all. She ranged far too wide There was clear daylight be- The loss was the first for Re- off the rail. Far too wide, losing tween the two when the finish neesgotzip. Eden's Moon was ground all the while, line was behind both. still unbeaten in two races. Eden's Moon was unpressured Miller and Nakatani lodged an Kentucky on the first Friday in by any of the other horses as objection against jockey Mar- May is still the ultimate goal. she kept the lead. Reneesgotzip tin Garcia aboard Eden's Moon. Reneesgotzip has shown her scrambled back toward conten- The Stewards were told, "She got lack of experience in all of her tion. But Eden's Moon had re- hit with the whip in the face. She races. She meanders a winding laxed and flowed along through got hit. It was obvious she got hh course at times. She wanders the entire backstretch, over the nose with the whip." wide on the turns. She drifts to Into the stretch Nakatani The original order of finish her right in the stretch. asked Reneesgotzip for more stood when the stewards tumed The Kentucky Oaks is no run. The two contenders brushed aside Miller and Nakatani's ob- learning labratory to continue each other. When Eden's Moon jection, a horse's progress. And Miller moved smartly to a daylight lead, "We'll point her toward the knows that is the case and has she had taken the bump with Re- Santa Anita Oaks," said the un- to continue his professorial du- neesgotzipbetter than Nakatani's fazed Miller. "I don't see any ties between now and Friday, steed had done. reason why not." May 4. TED aLACK Spirit Staff entry in the final to win both behind Albrecht in the open- legs of the tournament. Three ing round, but last Saturday Charles Town offered the sec- weeks after winning as the 7-5 the eight-year-old gelding dis- ond round of eliminations in its favorite, Pure Rey came back played plenty of early speed starter handicap tournament that on Saturday to lead throughout and stamina to outlast Azich- will culminate with a $50,000 and take the second round as armyou. championship on Saturday, the even-money favorite.One race .earlier, Candle of April 14 on the undercard of the Davis trainees Run Fat Boy Gold delievered a sharp score Charles Town Classic. Run and Etched in Stone fin- in her seasonal debut as the 3-1 One thing was certain af- ished second and third and will third choice. Owned, bred, and ter the first of the two second- head to the final, trained by John McKee, Can- round preliminaries -- trainer Opening round winner A1-die of Gold notched her second Scooter Davis appears to hold brecht, considered the top seed straight victory. most of the cards. Pure Rey not in the tournament when the Two nights earlier at Charles only lived up to his billing as initial draw occurred, earned Town, Princess Aly delivered the even-money favorite in the a spot in the final next month an impressive performance seven-furlong affair by romp- but settled for fourth as Disco in her career debut for owner ing home four lengths clear, but Indy, another Davis trainee, led Jeff Runco. She posted a three- Davis had a one-two-three fin- throughout to capture the sev- 'length score as the 3-5 choice. ish in the race. en-furlong event. City Spin was a solid second in Pure Rey has been the only Disco Indy had finished third her second start. Usten online at WEPM.com. Look us up on facebook at facebook. com/1340wepm and follow us on twitter @WEPMSports Let us advertise your special service, event, or hours of worship for Easter. Submit your ad or information to The Spirit of Jefferson. 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