Local trainers high on Derby chances for Sidney’s Candy

Hollywood Park publicity official Steve Schuelein asked some of the Southern California trainers who they like in Saturday’s 136th Kentucky Derby:

Ron Ellis– “California horses have shown they’re the class of the field. Post 20 may not be bad at all for Sidney’s Candy, although the rail may be tough for Lookin at Lucky.”
Mark Glatt– “I think California is pretty solid. The complexion of the race is a lot different with Eskendereya out. If Sidney’s Candy is willing to rate a little, he’s got a heckuva chance.”
Hall of Famer Jack Van Berg– “I like Sidney’s Candy.”
Ben Cecil– “I like John Sadler’s horse, Sidney’s Candy.”
Marty Jones– “The California horses.”
Carl O’Callaghan (a former Todd Pletcher assistant)– “Any one of the (four) Pletcher horses, but I’m rooting for Sidney’s Candy and (jockey) Joe Talamo.”
Craig Dollase– “I’d like to see the California horses do well. They’re always knocking us on the East Coast that we can’t run.”
Hollywood Park racing secretary Martin Panza– “Dublin. I think it’s time for Wayne Lukas.”

2 thoughts on “Local trainers high on Derby chances for Sidney’s Candy

  1. Sidney win the race.

    Post #20 forces Talamo to sit behind the pacesetters where he will have his best chance and get a perfect trip. If he were drawn inside the other speed he could be caught in a duel.

    The other thing people aren’t considering is that many horses with his style (on or near the pace) coming off of Pro Ride improve anywhere from 10 to 20 beyer points on dirt. If that happens he wins by 5 lengths at 6-1 or 7-1.

    Go Sidney!

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