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Candy Store Posted Sweet Win On Turf At Golden Gate Fields
Candy Store took the lead from 6-to-5 favorite Massone at the top of the stretch and then held off 10-to-1 shot Miami House to score a smart victory in the $27,440 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
Candy Store, ridden by Chad Schvaneveldt and trained by Steve Sherman, defeated Miami House by 1 1/2 lengths and paid $5.80 as the 9-to-5 second choice in the betting. Miami House took second by a head over Massone.
Candy Store completed the mile in 1:37.15 while recording his second straight win on grass. A 4-year-old gelding by Candy Ride, Candy Store won a 1 1/16-mile turf race at Santa Rosa by 2 1/4 lengths over Miami House on Aug. 15.
Candy Store, who has five wins and a second in nine career starts, was bred in Kentucky by his owner, George Krikorian.
Russell Baze, who won the first race with Stately Appeal ($5.60) and the fourth with Castle Dermot ($8.80), sprained his right thumb while guiding Castle Dermot to victory and took off his final four mounts on the card.
Baze, who tops the jockey standings with 35 victories, is expected to be back in the saddle when racing resumes Thursday at Golden Gate Fields. Post time is 12:45 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields will be open for simulcast wagering Wednesday. The simulcast menu will feature racing from Belmont Park (11:02 a.m.), Suffolk Downs (11:08 a.m.), Delaware Park (11:09 a.m.), Laurel (11:10 a.m.), Fairplex Park (1 p.m.), and Woodbine (3:45 p.m.).