Monday, January 12, 2009


ALBANY -- Chocolate Candy, who ran third in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park, is among the horses already confirmed for the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

Northern California's first major race for 3-year-olds who have aspirations of getting on the Triple Crown trail, the California Derby will be run Saturday. Entries for the 1 1/16-miles test will be taken Wednesday morning.

Chocolate Candy, a Kentucky-bred colt by Candy Ride, won the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park prior to running third in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity. Chocolate Candy was beaten just 1 1/2-lengths by CashCall winner Pioneerof the Nile.

Chocolate Candy is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned by The Craig Family Trust. The bay colt has two wins, a second and a third in six career starts and $202,500 in earnings.

Adriatic Moon, Axel Foley, and Merus Miami are also listed as definite starters in the California Derby. Gallant Son is listed as "90 percent" probable for the race while Frumious is listed as a possible starter.

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