Misremembered featured in "The Rise of Candy Ride"

by Eric Mitchell, The Blood-Horse


Had it not been for Arrogate , Lane's End's Candy Ride would have been lauded as the leading North American sire for 2017.

The 19-year-old Argentine-bred son of Ride the Rails finished the year with seven graded stakes winners and $15,432,953 in progeny earnings. His top performer for the year was leading Horse of the Year candidate Gun Runner , who earned an impressive $6,950,700 in purses.

No one, however, could overcome the $13 million head start that Arrogate gave his sire, the late Unbridled's Song, in the first half of the racing season when he won the world's richest races: the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1).

Candy Ride has been a steady presence in the upper ranks of North America's leading sires for several years. He first broke into the top five on BloodHorse.com's general leading sire list in 2014, when his progeny earned more than $10 million for the first time in a single season and put Candy Ride fifth among the leaders. The sire's annual progeny earnings have not fallen below $10 million since then.

An undefeated, three-time grade 1 winner campaigned at 4 in the United States by Sid and Jenny Craig in 2003, Candy Ride entered stud at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms and achieved early success. He was the third-leading sire of his freshman sire class in 2008 by earnings and ranked fifth by earnings and fourth by black-type winners for both his second-crop and third-crop years.

In 2009, shareholders decided to relocate Candy Ride to Lane's End, where his stud fee doubled to $25,000 for the 2010 breeding season. As it turned out, 2010 would be a breakout year for the sire who was represented by four grade 1 winners that season: El Brujo (Pat O'Brien Stakes), Misremembered  (Santa Anita Handicap), Sidney's Candy (Santa Anita Derby), and Twirling Candy  (Malibu Stakes).

Candy Ride was tied that year with Dynaformer and Giant's Causeway as the leading North American sire by number of grade/group 1 winners.

Gun Runner attracted the spotlight in 2017, but Candy Ride had 16 other black-type winners that included six other graded stakes winners. His other top performers of the year included grade 1 winners Ascend, Candy Sugar Lady, and Separationofpowers, along with graded winners CrewmanMastery , Paid Up Subscriber, and Unified .

Through Jan. 14, Candy Ride has sired 71 (6%) black-type winners, of which 31 have won graded/group stakes. His graded/group winners include 11 that won at the highest level. A champion miler in Argentina, Candy Ride has sired four champions to date. His only North American champion is Shared Belief, a five-time grade 1 winner from 2013-15, who was honored as champion 2-year-old male for 2013.

Once a sire starts regularly occupying the upper echelon of the rankings, his sons grow in appeal as stallion prospects. Ten sons of Candy Ride have published fees for the 2018 season, with five just entering stud. The following is a summary of those sire/sons starting with the new sires of 2018.


Misremembered (Beyond Perfection, by Quack). Bred by trainer Bob Baffert and raced by his wife, Jill, in partnership with George Jacobs, Misremembered won or placed in eight graded stakes, including a victory in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1). He retired with a 6-5-0 record out of 13 starts and earnings of $1,306,709. Misremembered entered stud in 2011 in Kentucky and then relocated to California last year. This year he is standing at Barton Thoroughbreds for $2,500. Misremembered has sired 37 winners to date, including Ax Man, who won by 9 1/2 lengths Jan. 1 at Santa Anita Park, in his first start. He also sired black-type winner Nightly News and grade 2-placed winner Dazzling Gem.


Misremembered Colt Romps on Debut at Santa Anita

from TDN:


AX MAN (c, 3, Misremembered–Shameful {SW & MGSP, $241,345}, by Flying Chevron) has been working consistently at Santa Anita since the beginning of December and came in off a sharp five-furlong work in :59 1/5 (4/74). The 7-5 favorite broke sharply and sat on the outside of Lombo (Graydar) through a quick opening quarter of :21.73. Under confident handling from Drayden Van Dyke, Ax Man took the lead entering the far turn and never looked back, opening up with every stride without being asked for his best to score by 9 1/2 lengths, stopping for clock at 1:09.43 for the six furlongs. More Honor (More Than Ready) rallied for the runner-up spot. Ax Man is a half to 2007 Champion Two-Year-Old and 2008 Champion Female Sprinter Indian Blessing (Indian Charlie) and GSW Roman Threat (Roman Ruler). This is the eighth winner out of Shameful, who is a half to GSP Little Matth Man (Matty G). She also has a juvenile colt by Midnight Lute and a yearling colt by Bayern. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $32,400. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


G1 Winner Misremembered will stand 2018 at California's Barton Thoroughbreds

by Paulick Report Staff:


G1 Santa Anita Handicap winner Misremembered will stand the 2018 breeding season at Barton Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., reports drf.com. The Candy Ride son's fee will be set at $2,500.

Misremembered earned $1,306,709 on the track, winning six of his 13 starts. He won both the G2 Indiana Derby and G2 Swaps, as well as the listed Santana Mile. He also finished second in the G1 Malibu.

From four crops of racing age, Misremembered has sired 37 winners and is represented by earnings of over $2.2 million. His top runners include graded stakes-placed Dazzling Gem and stakes winner Nightly News.


Bartons Embrace the Hunt for Value Mares

by Eric Mitchell, The Blood-Horse

The Barton family has two goals as they've been shopping for mares at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. They want mares with the potential to continue raising the profile of their freshman sire and grade 1 winner Champ Pegasus , and they want those mares carrying foals by higher-profile Kentucky sires that can bolster the ranks of California-breds.

Their search this year has been tougher than anticipated.

"We came two days earlier this year to start buying," said Kate Barton, the youngest of Richard and Beth Barton's six children and the family's racing manager, on day eight of the 12-day sale. "Yesterday, we only came away with two open mares. It was really hard yesterday. It is still pretty crowded here, and it's competitive."

Last year, the Bartons bought 46 mares for an average price of $4,600. The top price they paid was $18,000 for a Ghostzapper  daughter named Tart's Knickers, who was in foal to Airdrie Stud's Cairo Prince . This year they've had to stretch. Their top purchases so far include a $25,000 Songandaprayer mare named Shoes to Match (in foal to Cairo Prince) and three $20,000 mares—the Dynaformer daughter Our Rafaela (in foal to Will Take Charge ), Mighty Frio by Pulpit (in foal to Air Force Blue ), and Pleasure Cruise, a Pleasantly Perfect mare in foal to Tapiture .

The family has bought 18 mares so far through Nov. 15 for an average of $9,194.

"Every day we are trying to see what the market is doing and what we can afford and what fits our program. Every day it changes," said Barton.

Still, Barton said she is quite happy with the mares they have purchased and is particularly pleased to have mares in foal to Cairo Prince, Three Chimneys Farm's Will Take Charge, and Darley's Animal Kingdom .

"I look pretty hard at the covering sire and what those foals can bring to the California market," she said. "I wanted a couple of mares in foal to Cairo Prince last year, got them, and loved their babies. I also have loved how well the Cairo Princes sold at the Keeneland September sale this year, so I was surprised we got the mare we wanted this year. Animal Kingdom I've liked for several years, and Will Take Charge is one of the sires I saw last year and loved and was hoping to get a mare in foal to him but couldn't do it. I think if we can make these foals Cal-breds that will make them more marketable, because the program is strong."

Already longtime participants in the California breeding and racing market, the Bartons recently upped their investment in the Golden State by acquiring the former Magali Farms in the Santa Ynez Valley. The farm, a little less than 200 acres, is now home to their 225 broodmares and four stallions—Champ Pegasus (who will stand for $5,000 in 2018), Atticus($3,500), Coil ($2,500, the property of Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman), and Dads Caps (private).

While steadily upgrading the quality of mares going to their stallions is also a goal, don't look for the Bartons to suddenly start shopping heavily in Book 1 or Book 2 of a sale like Keeneland November. Richard Barton in particular loves the hunt for value and the patience in waiting for the right mare at the right price has paid dividends.

He paid $4,700 at the November 2015 breeding stock sale for unraced Diva's Tribute (Henny Hughes) in foal to Strong Mandate . The mare's second foal by Jimmy Creed  was Spectator, who won the 2017 Sorrento Stakes (G2) and was third in the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1). They also bought Tiz a Mistress (Cee's Tizzy) for $1,000 out of the 2011 Barretts January sale. Her first two foals were winners and her 2010 Ministers Wild Cat  colt is multiple graded-placed, grade 3 winner Tiz a Minister.

"My Dad won't leave his spot in the pavilion the entire day; he will be there from 9:30 in the morning until the last horse goes through the ring," Barton said. "He won't get up in case he misses something. This is his favorite thing to do, and his favorite time of the year to come watch these mares. He loves waiting for that good deal to go through the ring."


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Richard Barton Finalizing Purchase of Magali Farms

by Steve Andersen, Daily Racing Form:


Richard Barton, a Southern California businessman who has taken an increasingly prominent role in California Thoroughbred racing in recent years, is finalizing the purchase of Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif., according to his daughter, Kate.

Kate Barton, who manages the family’s racing and breeding holdings, said on Friday the deal is in escrow and set to close July 31.

“We’re wanting to centralize our operation and have everything at one farm,” Kate Barton said. “This seems the perfect operation. We can have Barton Thoroughbreds in one location instead of spread across the state.”

She said her family’s 225 broodmares will be based at the farm, which will be renamed Barton Thoroughbreds.

Currently, the Barton-owned stallion Champ Pegasus, whose first foals are 2-year-olds, is based at Legacy Ranch in Clements, Calif. Champ Pegasus will stand at Barton Thoroughbreds in 2018, Barton said.

The property is being bought for an undisclosed sum from Rich and Gaby Sulpizio, who acquired the farm in late 2001. Prior to that, the farm was owned by Magness Arabians.

The deal came together rapidly, Barton said.

“It came out of the blue,” she said. “We had heard the owners were interested in selling. It seemed like a good time. It finally makes sense to have our own place.

“It was an attractive deal for us.”

There were seven stallions at Magali Farms for the 2017 breeding season. Barton said those stallions are likely to stay.

“We would be looking to provide good additions,” she said.

Barton said Magali Farms will continue to be a layup facility.

“We are wanting to keep the client horses,” she said. “We want to expand that.”

Richard Barton has been a racehorse owner for decades but has expanded his holdings with the acquisition of broodmares. Last November, he bought 51 horses at the Keeneland breeding stock sale, mostly broodmares.

Barton is the owner of California Packaging of Ontario, Calif., which provides cardboard products for a variety of businesses.