VINTAGE CANDY STAYS UNDEFEATED, WINNING HER THIRD IN A ROW, TAKING $68,000 LAICO BIRD STAKES
Vintage Candy is starting to bring back memories of her All American Futurity-winning sire Jess Good Candy. This filly remained undefeated in three tries by capturing the $68,000 Laico Bird Stakes on Saturday night.
Jess Good Candy retired an undefeated eight-for-eight, winning the $3 million All American Futurity in 2015 with a 111 speed index. He also won the Grade 1 Rainbow Derby and the Mr Master Bug Handicap at Remington Park in 2016. He earned $2,014,703 in his career.
Thus far, Vintage Candy, out of the First Down Dash mare Turnin Back Time, has won a maiden race at Remington Park on March 9, a Remington Park Futurity trial on April 6 and now the Laico Bird Stakes. It was the second win in the Laico Bird for three-time American Quarter Horse Association Champion jockey James Flores. He also won it in 2016 aboard Dicecapades for trainer Gerry McLean. Flores won Saturday night for conditioner Troy Carter.
Vintage Candy earned $39,600 for the trip to the winner’s circle for owner Raul Del Fierro Licon of Chihuahua, Mexico. She has now earned a total of $59,301 in her short career. She was purchased for $13,000 at the 2022 Heritage Place September Yearling Sale. It was the first win in this series for Carter and Licon.
Vintage Candy, the 9-5 post-time favorite, had to earn this win. She battled neck and neck to the wire with KVN Is Sweet (8-1) and she hit the wire in :16.899 for 330 yards, earning an 87 speed index on the fast track. She beat the runner-up by a neck. KVN Is Sweet was another head in front of RJ Having Fun (2-1). Vintage Candy paid $5.60 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.80 to show.
She was bred in Oklahoma by Stephan and Lisa Ralston.
The Laico Bird Stakes is named after the 1967 All American Futurity winner and American Quarter Horse Association World Champion who was bred in Oklahoma and campaigned over her career by Jimmy Jones, of Norman, Okla.
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