Champion Jess Good Candy Successful in Sophomore Debut

Last year's champion 2-year-old scores a three-quarter length in Sunday's Mr Master Bug Stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Making his first start in more than seven months, Jess Good Candy scored a three-quarter length victory in Sunday's Mr Master Bug Stakes for Oklahoma-bred 3-year-olds. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Jess Good Candy kept his perfect mark intact with a three-quarter length win in his 3-year-old debut, Sunday's 350-yard, $70,000 Mr Master Bug Stakes (R) at Remington Park.

A homebred son of Good Reason SA trained by Clint Crawford for PV Quarter Horse Farms LLC of Ratliff City, Oklahoma, Jess Good Candy made the distance in :17.672 against a 28-mph head wind. The colt's win was his fifth in as many outs and second stakes score.

"He kind of got a little rowdy (in the starting gate) right before they kicked them," said Ivan Carnero, who rode Jess Good Candy. "He's a 440 horse, and he doesn't break really sharp. They outbroke him by a couple of lengths.

"About halfway, he was starting to run," added the rider. "I thought 350 was going to be a little short for him, but he took that pretty well."

Jess Good Candy was making his first start since September 7, when he sprinted to a neck victory at odds of 10-1 in the 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs, American Quarter Horse racing's richest and most prestigious race. The $41,838 winner's share of the Mr Master Bug purse pushed his earnings to $1,561,078.

"I felt like there was more pressure on this race than when he won the All American," said Crawford. "We'll take him on to the Ruidoso Derby. We'll probably skip the Rainbow Derby and point him to the All American Derby."

A Bee C ran second and was followed by BV Midnite Express, Shaken Pappasito, The Charm Of Corona, My Royal Wagon, Dash To Seperate, and Cashshae.

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