Q-Racing Blog: He's a Big Boy Now

Jess Good Candy's growing up.

Q-Racing Journal

Jess Good Candy is big, sound and getting ready to roll.

If you thought 2015 champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old colt Jess Good Candy was big, you were correct. He was tall and covered a lot of ground with each stride, as witnessed by his win in the $3 million All American Futurity (G1) at 440 yards.

Get ready for the super-sized Jess Good Candy in 2016.

Trainer Clint Crawford reports that the Good Reason SA son recently measured at 17 hands – yes, you read that correctly – and he weighs in at an estimated 1,400-1,450 pounds. His size evokes memories of 1980 world champion Super Sound Charge and two-time champion distance horse Snowbound Superstar.

“He’s all there,” Crawford said.

The massive Jess Good Candy as a 2-year-old.
PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain/Q-Racing Journal

Essentially a home bred, owned by the PV Quarter Horse Farm LLC, which is controlled by the family of his late breeder Carl C. Pevehouse, Jess Good Candy is on schedule to make his 2016 debut at Remington Park on April 24 in the Mr Master Bug Stakes. That is a 350-yard dash for Oklahoma-bred 3-year-olds with a $70,000 purse. The Mr Master Bug serves as a prep race, nothing more.

Then it will be on to Ruidoso Downs and the derbies at the New Mexico mountain track. He should make his Ruidoso Downs debut on May 29 in the 400-yard trials to the $1 million-est. Ruidoso Derby (G1). The finals are on June 11.

“He’s not in the ($1.2 million est.) Rainbow Derby,” Crawford said. “But, if he would win the Ruidoso Derby and came out of the race well, he could be a Rainbow (Derby) supplement.”

Jess Good Candy is eligible for the $2.5 million-est. All American Derby (G1) trials on August 21.

It could be a déjà vu all-over-again scenario for Jess Good Candy.

Last year, he made two winning starts at Remington Park, including his Heritage Place Futurity trial. He then went to Ruidoso Downs for the Ruidoso Futurity trials. He won his trial by a late-running three quarters of a length. However his time was not fast enough to reach the 350-yard finals.

It all worked out for the best.

Jess Good Candy came out of his Ruidoso Futurity trial with a minor splint, nothing serious. He spent about 6 weeks maintaining condition in an AquaTred and then it was back to the track.

On the second of two days of All American Futurity trials over 440 yards, Jess Good Candy closed with a rush to get up and win by a nose. His time of :21.642 was good for the day’s third-fastest mark. Second-place trial finisher McClintock B also reached the All American Futurity with a :21.646 mark. Jess Good Candy was now 3-for-3.

Jess Good Candy winning the All American Futurity.
PHOTO: Gay Harris 

In one of the most compelling All American futurities, Jess Good Candy was in tight quarters at the start and then powered to the lead under Ivan Carnero. Jess Good Candy held One Fabulous Eagle safe to win by a neck in :21.414.

After the All American Futurity, Jess Good Candy had ankle surgery.

“It wasn’t bad, but we had time,” Crawford said. “His knees and shoulders are fine.

“We gave him a winter break to freshen him and take the stress of the track off him. He was turned out for a couple of hours each day for a while and then we put him up in his 12 (foot) by 24 (foot) double stall. We just didn’t want him to hurt himself.”

The undefeated champion Jess Good Candy is big, sound and getting ready for another run.

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