The Mile, which attracted six other entrants, is one of two Breeders” Cup “Win and You’re In’’ Challenge races on the Saturday card at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park.
Owned by The Craig Family Trust of breeder Jenny Craig and trained by John Sadler, Sidney’s Candy, a 3-year-old Candy Ride colt out of the Storm Cat mare Fair Exchange, was a smashing winner in his first on grass nearly two months ago.
After being involved in an early duel with Macias, Sidney’s Candy opened up a 13 length advantage at one point before prevailing by 5 ½ lengths over Kid Edward. The final time of 1:39.52 for the 1 1/16 miles eclipsed the record of 1:39.67 set by Mea Domina in 2006.
The Oak Tree Mile, a Grade II which will be run for the 25th time, will mark Sidney’s Candy initial try against older rivals. He has won five of nine and earned $803,560.
Only two 3-year-olds – Fantastic Fellow (1997) and War Chant (2000) - have won the race.
Victor’s Cry will be looking for his third win in four tries on the Hollywood Park turf.
A 5-year-old son of Street Cry out of the Clever Trick mare Short Time owned by Equilete Stable and trained by Eoin Harty, Victor’s Cry was a winner the last time he raced here.
The Virginia bred scored a 21-1 upset in the Shoemaker Mile, a Grade I, on May 31. He has five wins in 19 attempts with a bankroll of $411,021.
In terms of local turf victories, the most accomplished member of the field is Liberian Freighter.
A 5-year-old Bertrando gelding out of the Slewpy mare Anachristina owned by breeder King Edward Racing Stable, Shawn Dugan and Charles Winner, Liberian Freighter has won three of five on the Hollywood Park grass.
Trained by Neil Drysdale, the California bred has won seven of 21 overall and has earned $481,740. Drysdale has won the Oak Tree Mile a record five times.
Runner-up to Enriched in the Del Mar Mile on Aug. 28, Meteore will be seeking the second Grade II win of his career, having captured the 2009 La Jolla Handicap.
Trained by Richard Mandella for the Wertheimer brothers, the 4-year-old Pulpit colt and the Twining mare Meteor Miracle has won three of 15. His bankroll is $244,276.
Like Liberian Freighter, Colgan’s Chip is a California bred. Owned by Green Lantern Stables LLC and trained by Jenine Sahadi, the 5-year-old Cee’s Tizzy gelding out of the Theatrical mare Leaning Tower has won four of 11 and earned $182,712. He will be making his first appearance in a graded race.
Completing the field are Blue Chagall, who was supplemented for $3,000, and Tropic Storm.
Trained by Craig Dollase for West Point Thoroughbreds, Tropic Storm has won six of 15. The 6-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding out of the Valid Appeal mare Diplomatic Appeal has earned $379,805.
From inside out, the field for the Oak Tree Mile:
Meteore, Rafael Bejarano rides, 119 pounds; Victor’s Cry, Corey Nakatani, 123; Blue Chagall, David Flores, 119; Colgan’s Chip, Brice Blanc, 119; Sidney’s Candy, Joel Rosario, 120; Tropic Storm, Russell Baze, 119 and Liberian Freighter, Martin Garcia, 121.
Cost of Freedom will try to become the first two time winner of the Ancient Title, a Grade I which will be run for the 28th time.
Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and trained by Sadler, Cost of Freedom won in a stakes record 1:07.53 in 2008.
Claimed by his current connections for $50,000 on July 28, 2008 at Del Mar, the 7-year-old Cee’s Tizzy gelding and the Moscow Ballet mare Freedom Dance has won four of nine since the claim. Overall, he is 8-for-17 with earnings of $122,600.
The field also includes defending Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Dancing in Silks.
Trained by Carla Gaines for owner Ken Kinakin, the 5-year-old Black Minnaloushe gelding out of the Royal and Regal mare Lemhi Love is winless in three starts since his 25-1 stunner in the Breeders’ Cup last Nov. 7 at Santa Anita.
A winner twice in four races over Cushion Track, Dancing in Silks has won seven of 16 and banked $1,474,702.
Smiling Tiger, who defeated a troubled Cost of Freedom in the Bing Crosby Handicap on Aug. 1 at Del Mar, is the lone 3-year-old in the field.
Trained by Jeff Bonde for owners Alan Klein and Philip Lebherz, the Hold That Tiger colt out of the Cahill Road mare Shandra Smiles has not been worse than third in eight career starts. He’s won four times and earned $369,064.
In his most recent appearance at Hollywood Park, Smiling Tiger won the Lazaro Barrera Memorial on May 22. He would be the fourth 3-year-old to win the Ancient Title, joining Groovy (1996), P.T.’s Grey Eagle (2004) and Idiot Proof (2007).
E Z’s Gentleman is looking for his second Grade I of the year, having won the Triple Bend Handicap on July 10 at Hollywood Park. Owned by Arnold Zetcher and trained by Bob Baffert, the 5-year-old son of Yankee Gentleman and the Distinctive Pro mare Tensie’s Pro has four victories in 16 outings. He has earned $329,711.
Completing the field are Supreme Summit, a winner in his comeback on Sept. 5 at Del Mar when debuting for trainer Mike Puype, Gato Go Win, who won the restricted Pirate’s Bounty on Sept. 8 at Del Mar, New Bay, who was sixth of seven in the Pat O’Brien Handicap 13 days after being claimed for $40,000 and Truest Legend.
From inside out, the lineup for the Ancient Title: Supreme Summit, Rafael Bejarano rides, 124 pounds; Gato Go Win, Corey Nakatani, 124; Truest Legend, Martin Pedroza, 124; New Bay, David Flores, 124; E Z’s Gentleman, Martin Garcia, 124; Cost of Freedom, Alonso Quinonez, 124; Smiling Tiger, Russell Baze, 123 and Dancing in Silks, Joel Rosario, 124.
The Oak Tree Mile is the fifth of nine races. The Ancient Title is the eighth. Post time Saturday is 1 p.m.