Rockys Candy Shop Delivers Sweet Performance in Blue River Derby

The gelding scores his first stakes win on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

A fast break from his rail post helped 2-1 favorite Rockys Candy Shop earn his first stakes win on Saturday. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Lance Finlinson's Rockys Candy Shop, the fourth-fastest qualifier, kept his 3-year-old record perfect with a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's $130,700 Blue River Derby (R) for state-bred sophomores at Indiana Grand.

Prepped by Randy Smith and racing on a sloppy and sealed track, Rockys Candy Shop went 400 yards in :19.745 while aided by a reported 11-mph tail wind. Jose Beltran rode the bay son of Fantastic Corona Jr.

"This horse is so special," said Beltran. "He is good all the time, no matter what happens. In the gate, another horse can try to flip, and this horse never moves. He just sits there patiently and waits until the gate opens."

A resident of Greenwood, Indiana, Finlinson serves in an industry relations post for the Quarter Horse Racing Association.

"It's such an honor to come out here and be a part of this," Finlinson said. "Randy and Jose do all the work.

"I'm just the dummy who writes the checks," he quipped. "But it feels great to get this win, and it's a lot of fun."

Rockys Candy Shop was bred by Stanley Forbes. Raced exclusively in Indiana, the gelding has won five of eight starts, including all three of his outs this season, and he has earned $115,251.

Jessalilsecret ran second and was followed by Atempting Love, fastest qualifier Beach Treat, Beach Mercedes, Kitty Sixup, HQH Fancy Pants, Apollitical Regard, Just Like Sarah, and Bono Rhythm.

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