Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Candy Boy, the 2-1 second selection, outlasted six other 3-year-olds down the stretch to win Saturday's $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Trained by John Sadler and ridden by Gary Stevens, Candy Boy was kept off the pace in the 1 1/16-mile stakes. The colt was sitting fifth in the early going, but was allowed to advance around the final turn.
Candy Boy, second in the CashCall Futurity in December, was on the lead down the stretch along with 9-2 third pick Chitu and 13-10 favorite Midnight Hawk.
Owned by C R K Stable, Candy Boy was able to post a half-length victory with Chitu getting second and Midnight Hawk, the Sham Stakes victor, finishing third.
"That was quite a performance he just put on against some pretty nice 3-year- olds," Stevens observed. "We were quietly confident about him and we were in a good spot. Everybody was all over Midnight Hawk and we just got to sit back and be quiet the last few weeks."
Diamond Bachelor was fourth followed by Home Run Kitten, Cool Samurai and El Nino Terrible.
The time for the Robert B. Lewis on a fast track was 1:41.83.
"I just wanted Gary to be patient, because this horse runs a distance, no problem. He kind of had a premature move a little bit in the CashCall," Sadler noted. "I think Gary will tell you that, you know, he moved him a little bit quick.
"Now he knows him a little better. He's been on him a couple times in the morning, so we felt good going into today's race."
Candy Boy in his first start of the year added $120,000 to his bankroll. The colt has earned $305,600 with two wins and two seconds in six starts.
The 3-year-old was second in a maiden race at Santa Anita in October, but found the winner's circle the following month at Hollywood Park in his fourth start.
Candy Boy paid $6.60, $3.20 and $2.20. Chitu returned $5.00 and $3.00, and Midnight Hawk paid $2.10 to show.