Candy Ride – Empire Desire, by Empire Maker
2019 Big Red Spring, LLC

Necco, a Candy Ride colt out of the Empire Maker mare Empire Desire, purchased at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga and part of a thoroughbred racing partnership. He is shown training at Belmont Park.


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Candy Ride is undoubtedly one of the nation’s top sires, with Horse of the Year Gun Runner, a pair of two-year-old champions, and a plethora of other top horses to his credit. This colt is a half-brother to an impressive juvenile winner from a world-class family.

He is trained by Jimmy Jerkens at Saratoga Race Course.  He was made eligible for the lucrative Virginia-Certified Residency Program.   Named after the historic New England candy company that made the first conversation hearts, it was fitting to announce his name on Valentine’s Day – meet Necco.

He’s on the Thursday, August 4 card at Saratoga in the Fifth race going 1 1/8 miles on the dirt.  Jose Antonio Gomez gets the mount.

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