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Shock Move For Stallion Candy Ride
In US stallion news, bloodhorse.com reports that 10YO stallion Candy Ride (Ride The Rails-Candy Girl, by Candy Stripes) "who has stood his entire stallion career at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, will be relocated to Will Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles shortly and will stand the 2010 breeding season there." Bred in Argentina where he was champion miler, Candy Ride was retired to stud undefeated from 6 starts including the 2003 US Gr1 Pacific Classic Stakes where he set a new track record. He had 123 2YOs in his 1st crop and had his 1st winner in June last year. Hill 'n' Dale's principal John Sikura said, "I received word today that they are moving Candy Ride along with 40 mares and foals. It is shocking and disappointing to hear that kind of news by lawyer's letter." Sikura noted: "This farm has done a fantastic job launching sires like Candy Ride, Medaglia d'Oro, Stormy Atlantic, and Roman Ruler. We've worked extremely hard getting Candy Ride going, and have done nothing wrong with him for five years. While I respect the shareholders' right to do this, I don't believe it's fair."