Q-Racing Blog: Jess Good Candy Returns

Look for the champion to return next week.

Q-Racing Journal

Look for the champion to return next week.

The undefeated champion Jess Good Candy is on track to make his 2016 return in the $70,000 Mr Master Bug Handicap at Remington Park on April 24, according to trainer Clint Crawford.

The Mr Master Bug is for Oklahoma-breds at 350 yards.

“We’re just hoping for a good out,” said trainer Clint Crawford. “The 350 yards could be a little short for him.”

Jess Good Candy was 4-for-4 last year, earned $1,519,240 and honored as the champion 2-year -old and champion 2-year-old colt. He secured those honors when he raced to his only stakes win in his sole stakes appearance, the $3 million All American Futurity (G1). That was his final 2015 out.

It was a time for rest and recuperation for the large colt. He was at Crawford’s farm with a daily turnout and a 12-foot by 24-foot stall.

Since he has been back in training it has been flawless. “We worked him the other day and he just jumps out of the gate and the further they go, the faster he is,” said Crawford.

Jess Good Candy.
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While keeping his winning streak going would be nice, it is not the ultimate goal. The goal is the derbies this summer at Ruidoso Downs. He is eligible to the $1 million-est. Ruidoso Derby (G1) and the $2.5 million-est. All American Derby (G1). He would need to be supplemented at a cost of $40,000 to race in the trials to the $1.2 million-est. Rainbow Derby (G1).

“We’ll give him three or four days to cool out (after the Mr Master Bug) and then take him to Ruidoso,” said Crawford. “I just didn’t want to go into the (Ruidoso) Derby trials without an out.”

The Ruidoso Derby trials will be contested over 400 yards on Sunday, May 29, during opening weekend.

The Mr Master Bug on Sunday, April 24, follows a night of four stakes races at Remington Park. On Saturday night are the $958,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (RG2), the $307,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby (RG3), the $50,000 Bob Moore Stakes (G2) and the $70,000 Laico Bird Stakes for two-year-old Oklahoma-breds

The Remington Park Futurity trials were split over two days with the five-fastest qualifiers from each day earning a spot in the finals. There was a big difference between the two nights and this could challenge handicappers. The first night had a small tailwind or no wind while the second night had a strong headwind. The times reflected the wind conditions.

Juan Medina’s Teller Baja won the first of 12 trials on the first night and her time of :16.597 for 330 yards held up as the quickest mark throughout the night. She came into the trials off a maiden score and was the 1-2 favorite in the first trial.

Dr. Edward Leslie’s Major Freight battled a 16 mile-per-hour headwind in the fifth trial on the second night and led the evening’s qualifiers with a :17.066 time. Spicey Hero was a neck back for second in the trial with the night’s second-fastest time of :17.108.

J. Garvin Kelly, Nancy Yearsley and Lloyd Yother’s homebred Jess Envision led the Remington Park Derby qualifiers with a one-length win in :20.004 for 400 yards while running into a 15 mile-per-hour headwind. Her previous victory was a non-qualifying win in her All American Futurity trial at Ruidoso Downs.

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