OPTIMAL Mating Analysis: Candy Ride Colt May Be Aptly Named

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Therideofalifetime (c, 2, Candy Ride (ARG) – Cosmic Evolution, by Proud Citizen)

THERIDEOFALIFETIME (c, 2, Candy Ride (Arg) – Cosmic Evolution (SW & GSP, $164,810), by Proud Citizen) looks aptly named if he again runs anywhere close to his sharp wire-to-wire maiden victory Saturday at Keeneland. Rallying to be runner-up when unveiled June 19 at Churchill, the chestnut was backed down to 3-2 favoritism here. He broke sharply, quickly established an advantage and set the pace without pressure through splits of :22.45 and :46.02. Making short work of his rivals, the Candy Ride colt burst clear past the eighth pole en route to an 8 1/4-length romp in quick time, getting his last quarter-mile in :23.79.

Therideofalifetime posted the third fastest six furlong time at Keeneland since the return to dirt racing from their previous Polytrack surface. With his monster effort in stopping the clock at 1:09.81, he earned a co-best Beyer Figure for 2YOs this year of 85 and a solid Equibase Speed Figure of 94.

The winner is the first foal out of listed winner and Grade 3-placed, Cosmic Evolution, with the pair hailing from the family of multiple Grade 2-winning Naissance Royale (IRE) (Giant’s Causeway).

Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $57,800. O/B-Stephen Lawrence Fidel (KY); T-Ignacio Correas, IV.

OPTIMAL Mating Analysis

Horses bred on OPTIMAL Matings have proven to possess more potential to become superior racehorses. In fact, most will break their maiden in the first two starts. Combined with a good physical, good vetting and a price that falls within a budget, OPTIMAL Matings help to focus on buying or breeding better racehorses.

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OPTIMAL Mating Factors for Therideofalifetime

  • Outcross Percentage = 84% (OPTIMAL >= 70%)
  • Linebreeding Balance = 4 (OPTIMAL <= 10)
  • 2nd Generation Linebreeding Balance = 12 (OPTIMAL <= 17)
  • Grand sire/Grand dam Pair Percentage = 14% (OPTIMAL <= 17%)
  • Gender-balanced Linebreeding Difference = 1 (OPTIMAL <= 2)
  • Number of Dominant Runner Female Families = 6 (OPTIMAL >= 4)
  • Number of Dominant Sire Female Families = 1 (OPTIMAL >= 1)

NOTE: All 7 factors are met.

Key Linebreedings

  • 4×6 Blushing Groom – gender-balanced through son Candy Stripes and daughter Primal Force
  • 5×4 Mr. Prospector – through sons Fappiano and Gone West
    • Similar to:
      • G1W Ria Antonia (Rockport Harbor)
      • G1W Vekoma (Candy Ride (ARG))
      • G2W Gimme Da Lute (Midnight Lute)
      • G2W Irish Jasper (First Defence)
      • G2W Paid Up Subscriber (Candy Ride (ARG))
      • 10 other G3 Winners
      • 12 other Listed Stakes Winners
      • 35 other Black Type Stakes Winners
  • 6×6 Nashua – gender-balanced through son Good Manners and daughter Gold Digger
    • Similar to:
      • G1W Vekoma (Candy Ride (ARG))
      • G2W Paid Up Subscriber (Candy Ride (ARG))
      • G3W Eshebo (ARG) (Interaction (ARG))
      • 4 other Listed Stakes Winners
      • 5 other Black Type Stakes Winners

Whether you are new to the game, experiencing more losses than wins or just looking for a new approach, I am confident that I can help you breed or buy a better racehorse. To find out more about OPTIMAL Matings and how they can help your program, please subscribe to my Blog/News page HERE to receive future information on complimentary mating recommendations, sales short lists, stakes winner pedigree analysis, news on personal client success and any other random thoughts or ideas that I may have. Also, receive a complimentary copy of my report “Blind Luck or Designed Luck? – How A Kentucky Derby Winner Was Bred” sent directly to your inbox.

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2 thoughts on “OPTIMAL Mating Analysis: Candy Ride Colt May Be Aptly Named

  1. Great share once again! That performance was very impressive! Was this one of your mating recommendations? This is probably a stupid question but do you handicap 2 yr old races using your Proprietary Optimal Mating Factors? Just wondering as it would seem like a very profitable approach! Thanks again for your insight!

    1. He was not, just an analysis based on curiosity because of the performance. He just so happened to be an OPTIMAL Mating. Yes, I do occasionally use OPTIMAL Matings as a handicapping tool in maiden races. Especially because of the fact that most horses bred that way will break their maidens in their first two starts. Very powerful insight!

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