Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:16

It was another successful weekend for the stallions at Lane’s End with Candy Ride, The Factor, Noble Mission, Lemon Drop Kid, and Twirling Candy recording black-type winners while freshman sire Honor Code got off the mark with his first two-year-old winner.

The Factor saw a trio of exciting stakes victories in Bandua, winner of the G3 Arlington Handicap in track-record time, Viva Vegas, winner of the Indiana General Assembly Distaff Stakes, and He’s the Reason, winner of the Lieutenant Governors' Handicap. In California, perennial leading sire Candy Ride was well represented once again by Champion 2YO colt, Game Winner who was the dominant five-length winner of the G3 Los Alamitos Derby.

Across the pond, the Noble Mission sired Spanish Mission was victorious in the G3 Bahrain Trophy S. in track-record time at Newmarket. The following day, further to the north, Red Verdon by Lemon Drop Kid took the spoils in the G3 Silver Cup Stakes at York Racecourse. On home soil at Arlington Park, Lemon Drop Kid saw another black-type winner in Indigo Gin winner of the Hatoof Stakes. 

Another stallion with multiple notable performers was Twirling Candy who was represented by Twirling Devon becoming the sire’s latest stakes winner with a victory in the Irish Day Stakes. A pair of impressive maiden special weight winners came in the form of Letmeno and Gamble’s Candy.

It was a landmark weekend for Champion and multiple Grade 1 winner Honor Code who saw his first winner Night Code, a $500,000 yearling purchase, win on debut at Laurel Park. His second winner quickly followed with A Girl Like Me, a Keeneland September graduate who was an impressive two-length winner.