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In January 2003, Candy Ride was purchased for US$900,000 by Americans, Sid and Jenny Craig. The couple had previously met with great success with horses bought in Argentina, most notably with Paseana who won the 1992 Breeders' Cup Distaff and was voted the Eclipse Award as American Champion Older Female Horse for 1992 and 1993.
Racing in California for trainer Ron McAnally, in June 2003 Candy Ride won his American debut on dirt by three lengths. He then won July's Grade II American Handicap on turf and, in what turned out to be his last race, was ridden by Julie Krone to a 3¼ length victory in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic Stakes in a track record time for 1¼ miles on dirt of 1:59:11, beating Medaglia d'Oro (2nd), Fleetstreet Dancer (3rd), and Milwaukee Brew (4th). In winning the Pacific Classic, Candy Ride earned a Beyer speed figure of 123, the highest of any horse in the United States in 2003.
Because Candy Ride was born in Argentina his owners had not nominated him for the Breeders' Cup and as such, the Craigs were required to pay an $800,000 supplemental fee if they wanted to run their horse in the Breeders' Cup Classic. However, because Candy Ride had been in training for three straight years and with a view to the 2004 racing season, Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally chose to rest the horse instead. Candy Ride returned to training in December 2003 but a fetlockligament injury ended his racing career and he was retired to stud duty at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington, Kentucky.
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