Crawford Show at Fair Meadows

August 3, 2012

It could become the Clint Crawford show at Fair Meadows on Saturday, with the trainer having six runners in the $311,348 Speedhorse Gold & Silver Cup Futurity (RG2) and three of the top four qualifiers in the Speedhorse Gold & Silver Cup Derby (RG3).

Crawford sends out the four fastest futurity qualifiers: Hiclass Vodka, Send A Candy Guy, Hurri Cartel and Special Candy Paint.

Jesus R. Rodriguez-Najera’s Hiclass Vodka (Hiclass La Jolla-Newport Lily by Stoli) has won two of his latest three starts with a close third-place finish in the $20,000 Fair Meadows Juvenile on June 23. The colt was also a troubled fifth-place finisher in the $356,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) on March 17 at Remington Park. Hiclass Vodka topped the Speedhorse qualifiers with a :17.102 time for the 350 yards,

Carl Pevehouse’s homebred Send A Candy Guy (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Send The Guys Candy by Disco Jerry (TB)) was second to Hiclass Vodka in that very fast trial, with a :17.285 clocking. Send A Candy Guy won the Bugs Alive In 75 Stakes on May 20 at Remington Park and finished second, ahead of Hiclass Vodka, in the Fair Meadows Juvenile.

Nadia Marcoux’s undefeated Hurri Cartel (Teller Cartel-A Classic Serenade by Chicks Beduino) could be favored after winning each of his four starts from the claiming to stakes divisions. He won his first two starts for a $20,000 claiming tag and then took the Fair Meadows Juvenile.

Another Pevehouse homebred, Special Candy Paint (PYC Paint Your Wagon-This Candys Special by Strawfly Special) is showing improvement and could be ready for her stakes debut. After a third-place run in her first start, she won a Remington Park maiden race and her futurity trial by more than two lengths with the fourth-fastest time of :17.372.

Crawford also saddles sixth-fastest qualifier This Candys Salty (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Salt Lake Spitty by Salt Lake (TB)) and seventh-fastest qualifier Paint The Candy Lane (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Eden Lane by Devon Lane (TB)). Both are homebreds racing for Pevehouse.

In the derby, Crawford has the second- through fourth-fastest qualifiers.

However, leading the qualifiers is Joe and Judith Chappell Trust’s Chicks Smart Money (First Smart Money-Beduinos Chick Jet by Rock Em Smooth). The Robert Dimmitt-trained gelding returned from a seven-month layoff to take a June 22 Fair Meadows allowance race and then won his July 20 Derby trial by a half length in :17.066, the fastest time from three trials.

Pevehouse and Crawford team up with second-fastest qualifier Send Me A Candy Tree (Oak Tree Special-Send Me The Candy by Leaving Memories). The earner of $286,838 won last year’s $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) at Zia Park and has won seven of 12 career starts. He was second to Chicks Smart Money in their trial as the 19-10 favorite when he was timed in :17.145.

Crawford and Pevehouse also have third-fastest qualifier Haulin Candy Salt (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Salt Lake Spitty by Salt Lake (TB)) and fourth-fastest qualifier Eyema Candy Tree (Oak Tree Special-Eyema Royal Candy by Royal Quick Dash).