Vekoma

Vekoma

CANDY RIDE’S FASTEST & BEST-BRED G1 SON

$20,000 S&N
Candy Ride (Arg) – Mona de Momma, by Speightstown
2016, Chestnut - Entered Stud: 2021 | Nominated to: Breeders' Cup, KTDF

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Multiple G1-winning millionaire, top-class performer at 2, 3 & 4, and incredibly brilliant from 6f to 1 1/8 miles.

Impressive gate-to-wire winner of the prestigious 2020 MET MILE (G1) in 1:32.88 – third fastest in a quarter century and .15 off the track record – defeating G1 winners McKinzie, Code of Honor, etc.

Runaway 7 ¼-length winner of the 2020 CARTER H. (G1) in 1:21.02 for 7f – second fastest in the last 15 years – defeating multiple G1 winners and becoming just the 10th horse to win the Carter & Met Mile in the same year.

-½ RAGOZIN — the only horse to run a negative number in 2020, and the fastest son of Candy Ride (Arg) – faster than Gun Runner (-¼).

-5 THORO-GRAPH — the single fastest performance recorded in all of 2020.

110 BEYER — the fastest dirt miler of 2020.

Undefeated at 2: Won on debut in a scorching 1:08.93 for 6f, stretched out to a mile to win the NASHUA (G3) at Aqueduct with a 97 Beyer – tied with Game Winner as the second fastest by a juvenile in 2018.

Major Derby prep winner at 3: Stretched his speed to 1 1/8 miles to win the $1,000,000 BLUE GRASS (G2) going away by 3 ½ lengths with a 94 Beyer, defeating multiple G1 winners including classic winner Sir Winston-G1.

Rarity at stud: A multiple G1 winner, by a multiple G1 winner – Candy Ride (Arg), out of a G1 winner – MONA DE MOMMA.

Sire power: By leading sire Candy Ride (Arg), out of a Humana Distaff (G1)-winning Speightstown mare and hailing from the immediate family of MR. GREELEY & STREET SENSE.

Won 6-of-8 starts – including being undefeated at both 2 & 4 – with earnings of $1,245,525.



Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd (SP) 3rd (SP) Earned
2 2 2 (1) 0 0 $151,250
3 3 1 (1) 0 1 (1) $637,600
4 3 3 (3) 0 0 $456,675
Totals 8 6 (5) 0 1 (1) $1,245,525

Racing Highlights

Won at 2

  • Nashua S. at Aqueduct (G3, 8 furlongs in 1:36.62, by 1 3/4 lengths, defeating Network Effect, Call Paul, U S Navy Cross, etc.)
  • A maiden special weight race at Belmont (6 furlongs in 1:08.93, by 1 3/4 lengths, defeating Epic Dreamer, Mihos, Front Run the Fed, etc.)

Won at 3

  • Blue Grass S. at Aqueduct (G2, 9 furlongs in 1:50.93, by 3 1/2 lengths, defeating Win Win Win, Signalman, Somelikeithotbrown, Chess Chief, So Alive, Sir Winston, Admire, etc.)

3rd at 3

  • Fountain of Youth S. at Gulfstream (G2, 9 furlongs, to Code of Honor and Bourbon War, defeating Hidden Scroll, Global Campaign, Signalman, Everfast, etc.)

Won at 4

  • Metropolitan H.  at Belmont (G1, 8 furlongs in 1:32.88 by 1 1/4 lengths, defeating Network Effect, Code of Honor, Warrior's Charge, McKinzie, Mr Freeze, Endorsed, Hog Creek Hustle)
  • Carter H. at Aqueduct (G1, 7 furlongs in 1:21.02, defeating Network Effect, American Anthem, Firenze Fire, Nitrous, Mind Control, Bon Raison, Still Having Fun)
  • Sir Shackleton S. at Gulfstream (7 furlongs in 1:21.92 by 3 3/4 lengths, defeating Yorkton, He Hate Me, Bourbon Resolution, Home Base, etc.)

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THORO-GRAPH
The fastest performance of 2020
BEYER
The fastest at a mile in 2020
SECONDS
From the fastest Met Mile in history

Pedigree

Four CrossAnalysisCatalog Style
DP = 4-4-7-1-0 (16) DI = 2.56 CD = 0.69

Alan Porter’s 2021 Breeding Analysis for Vekoma

A brilliant multiple grade one-winning sprinter/miler, Vekoma was undefeated at two and four and carried his speed for a decisive victory in a major Derby trial at three. By Candy Ride – an outstanding sire, and now a sire of sires with four graded stakes-siring sons – Vekoma is out Mona de Momma, a grade one winning sprinter closely related to Mr. Greeley.

The most prolific cross for Candy Ride and sons has been with Storm Cat line mares, this already having produced more than 30 stakes winners, including Horse of the Year Gun Runner, out of a mare by Giant’s Causeway (whose son Eskenderaya is also broodmare sire of a Candy Ride line stakes winner). The cross with mares by Forest Wildcat (sire of Wildcat Heir) has also worked particularly well, and there are also Candy Ride line stakes winners out of mares by Tale of the Cat, Henny Hughes (by Hennessy, also grandsire of Scat Daddy), Stormy Atlantic, Yankee Gentleman, Cat Thief, Tabasco Cat, Sea of Secrets and Storm Creek. Mares carrying Storm Cat through stallions bred on a Storm Cat/Mr. Prospector cross will be particularly interesting, as this is the reverse of Vekoma’s broodmare sire, Speightstown.

Storm Cat is a Northern Dancer line horse and Candy Ride has also enjoyed success over mares from the Sadler’s Wells branch of this line. On this cross, a son of Candy Ride has a grade one winner out of a mare by Powerscourt, and there are stakes winners out of mares by King of Kings and El Prado, which suggests trying daughters of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller. Candy Ride and sons have also done well with mares from the male-line Nureyev, a three-quarters brother to Sadler’s Wells, including stakes winners out of mares by Theatrical and Pivotal, with other sources including Stravinsky and Atticus.

Candy Ride and sons have 17 stakes winners out of A.P. Indy line mares, four of them grade one. They including champion Game Winner out of a mare by A.P. Indy himself, and grade one winners out of mares by Old Trieste and First Dude (by Stephen Got Even). There are three stakes winners out of mares by Pulpit, two stakes winners out of a mare by that horse’s son, Tapit (sire of Tapizar and Trappe Shot), and a grade one winner out of a mare by Pulpit son Stroll, which would also make Sky Mesa a possibility. Candy Ride has also sired three stakes winners, two graded, out mares by A.P. Indy son, Mineshaft, sire of Dialed In and Discreetly Mine. This would also suggest introducing A.P. Indy through such as Malibu Moon, Bernardini, Congrats, Flatter, Jump Start and Majestic Warrior.

Candy Ride and sons have enjoyed tremendous success crossed over mares from the Mr. Prospector line. They have been particularly good with their own Fappiano branch, particularly through Unbridled. Out of mares by Empire Maker (sire of Pioneerof the Nile and Bodemeister) there are two graded winners, including grade one winner Separationofpowers. There are five graded stakes winners, including grade one winners Gift Box and Leofric, out of mares by Unbridled’s Song (as well as stakes winners out of mares by that horse’s sons, Songandaprayer and Rockport Harbor), and we also find grade one winner Finley’sluckycharm out of a mare by Victory Gallop. It could also be worth considering introducing Fappiano through Quiet American, the grandsire of Midnight Lute.

Candy Ride sired three stakes winners, including graded stakes winner Sugar Shock out of mares by Distorted Humor. He is by Forty Niner – building on the Mr. Prospector/Tom Rolfe cross found in Vekoma through Cryptoclearance and Moma de Momma – and we can also find Forty Niner through Coronado’s Quest, broodmare sire of two Candy Ride line stakes winners, as well as Banker’s Gold, Editor’s Note, End Sweep and his son, Trippi, Gold Fever, Roar and Tactical Advantage (broodmare sire of a Candy Ride line grade one winner). There is also a stakes winner by Candy Ride out of a mare by Fusaichi Pegasus, who is bred on the same cross as Distorted Humor.

Mr. Prospector son, Carson City, is a Mr. Prospector/Blushing Groom cross, like Candy Ride, and Candy Ride and sons have three winners, including stakes winners out of mares by Lord Carson and Flying Chevron. This suggests trying daughters of City Zip (whose son Run Away And Hide, would be interesting), Five Star Day, Cuvee and Pollard’s Vision. Vekoma is bred on the cross of Candy Ride with a Gone West line mare and crossing back over mares by Gone West sons and grandsons is worth considering, with sources including Mr. Greeley (who is particularly interesting as his sire and dam are the grandsire and granddam of Vekoma’s grade one winning dam, Mona de Momma), Grand Slam, Elusive Quality (sire of Quality Road and Smarty Jones) and Proud Citizen. From other branches of the Mr. Prospector, Candy Ride sired one of his best runners, Twirling Candy, out of a mare by Mr. Prospector son, Chester House, and has a stakes winner out of a mare by Kingmambo (sire of Lemon Drop Kid). Candy Ride has a grade two winner out of a mare by Street Cry, and mares by his son, Street Sense, could be interesting here as he is from the immediate family of Vekoma.

There appears to be a very strong affinity for Candy Ride and sons for mares descending from Caro. There are five stakes winners by Candy Ride and sons out of mares from the male-line of Indian Charlie’s sire, In Excess, which suggests introducing mares by Indian Charlie and Uncle Mo. We can also note that Cozzene is a Caro son who is broodmare sire of a Candy Ride stakes winner, and he is sire of Mizzen Mast.

There is a trio of stakes winners, two graded by Candy Ride and sons out of Successful Appeal mares, and he is a son of Valid Appeal, also sire of Valid Wager and Valid Expectations. There are also are two stakes winners by Candy Ride out of mares by Arch (sire of Blame).

AnalysisCatalog Style

Alan Porter’s 2021 Breeding Analysis for Vekoma

A brilliant multiple grade one-winning sprinter/miler, Vekoma was undefeated at two and four and carried his speed for a decisive victory in a major Derby trial at three. By Candy Ride – an outstanding sire, and now a sire of sires with four graded stakes-siring sons – Vekoma is out Mona de Momma, a grade one winning sprinter closely related to Mr. Greeley.

The most prolific cross for Candy Ride and sons has been with Storm Cat line mares, this already having produced more than 30 stakes winners, including Horse of the Year Gun Runner, out of a mare by Giant’s Causeway (whose son Eskenderaya is also broodmare sire of a Candy Ride line stakes winner). The cross with mares by Forest Wildcat (sire of Wildcat Heir) has also worked particularly well, and there are also Candy Ride line stakes winners out of mares by Tale of the Cat, Henny Hughes (by Hennessy, also grandsire of Scat Daddy), Stormy Atlantic, Yankee Gentleman, Cat Thief, Tabasco Cat, Sea of Secrets and Storm Creek. Mares carrying Storm Cat through stallions bred on a Storm Cat/Mr. Prospector cross will be particularly interesting, as this is the reverse of Vekoma’s broodmare sire, Speightstown.

Storm Cat is a Northern Dancer line horse and Candy Ride has also enjoyed success over mares from the Sadler’s Wells branch of this line. On this cross, a son of Candy Ride has a grade one winner out of a mare by Powerscourt, and there are stakes winners out of mares by King of Kings and El Prado, which suggests trying daughters of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller. Candy Ride and sons have also done well with mares from the male-line Nureyev, a three-quarters brother to Sadler’s Wells, including stakes winners out of mares by Theatrical and Pivotal, with other sources including Stravinsky and Atticus.

Candy Ride and sons have 17 stakes winners out of A.P. Indy line mares, four of them grade one. They including champion Game Winner out of a mare by A.P. Indy himself, and grade one winners out of mares by Old Trieste and First Dude (by Stephen Got Even). There are three stakes winners out of mares by Pulpit, two stakes winners out of a mare by that horse’s son, Tapit (sire of Tapizar and Trappe Shot), and a grade one winner out of a mare by Pulpit son Stroll, which would also make Sky Mesa a possibility. Candy Ride has also sired three stakes winners, two graded, out mares by A.P. Indy son, Mineshaft, sire of Dialed In and Discreetly Mine. This would also suggest introducing A.P. Indy through such as Malibu Moon, Bernardini, Congrats, Flatter, Jump Start and Majestic Warrior.

Candy Ride and sons have enjoyed tremendous success crossed over mares from the Mr. Prospector line. They have been particularly good with their own Fappiano branch, particularly through Unbridled. Out of mares by Empire Maker (sire of Pioneerof the Nile and Bodemeister) there are two graded winners, including grade one winner Separationofpowers. There are five graded stakes winners, including grade one winners Gift Box and Leofric, out of mares by Unbridled’s Song (as well as stakes winners out of mares by that horse’s sons, Songandaprayer and Rockport Harbor), and we also find grade one winner Finley’sluckycharm out of a mare by Victory Gallop. It could also be worth considering introducing Fappiano through Quiet American, the grandsire of Midnight Lute.

Candy Ride sired three stakes winners, including graded stakes winner Sugar Shock out of mares by Distorted Humor. He is by Forty Niner – building on the Mr. Prospector/Tom Rolfe cross found in Vekoma through Cryptoclearance and Moma de Momma – and we can also find Forty Niner through Coronado’s Quest, broodmare sire of two Candy Ride line stakes winners, as well as Banker’s Gold, Editor’s Note, End Sweep and his son, Trippi, Gold Fever, Roar and Tactical Advantage (broodmare sire of a Candy Ride line grade one winner). There is also a stakes winner by Candy Ride out of a mare by Fusaichi Pegasus, who is bred on the same cross as Distorted Humor.

Mr. Prospector son, Carson City, is a Mr. Prospector/Blushing Groom cross, like Candy Ride, and Candy Ride and sons have three winners, including stakes winners out of mares by Lord Carson and Flying Chevron. This suggests trying daughters of City Zip (whose son Run Away And Hide, would be interesting), Five Star Day, Cuvee and Pollard’s Vision. Vekoma is bred on the cross of Candy Ride with a Gone West line mare and crossing back over mares by Gone West sons and grandsons is worth considering, with sources including Mr. Greeley (who is particularly interesting as his sire and dam are the grandsire and granddam of Vekoma’s grade one winning dam, Mona de Momma), Grand Slam, Elusive Quality (sire of Quality Road and Smarty Jones) and Proud Citizen. From other branches of the Mr. Prospector, Candy Ride sired one of his best runners, Twirling Candy, out of a mare by Mr. Prospector son, Chester House, and has a stakes winner out of a mare by Kingmambo (sire of Lemon Drop Kid). Candy Ride has a grade two winner out of a mare by Street Cry, and mares by his son, Street Sense, could be interesting here as he is from the immediate family of Vekoma.

There appears to be a very strong affinity for Candy Ride and sons for mares descending from Caro. There are five stakes winners by Candy Ride and sons out of mares from the male-line of Indian Charlie’s sire, In Excess, which suggests introducing mares by Indian Charlie and Uncle Mo. We can also note that Cozzene is a Caro son who is broodmare sire of a Candy Ride stakes winner, and he is sire of Mizzen Mast.

There is a trio of stakes winners, two graded by Candy Ride and sons out of Successful Appeal mares, and he is a son of Valid Appeal, also sire of Valid Wager and Valid Expectations. There are also are two stakes winners by Candy Ride out of mares by Arch (sire of Blame).

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Vekoma 2020 Met Mile G1 | Belmont Park
Vekoma 2020 Carter Handicap G1 | Belmont Park
Vekoma | 2019 Bluegrass S. G2
Vekoma 2018 Nashua Stakes G3 | Aqueduct
Vekoma | 2020 Sir Shackleton S.
Vekoma 2018 MdSpWt | Belmont Park
Vekoma | G1 Met Mile 2020 | Photo by Sue Kawczynski/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM
Vekoma | G1 Met Mile 2020 | Photo by Sue Kawczynski/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM
Vekoma | G1 Met Mile 2020 | NYRA Photo
Vekoma | G1 Met Mile 2020 | NYRA Photo
Vekoma | G1 Carter Handicap 2020 | NYRA Photo
Vekoma | G1 Carter Handicap 2020 | NYRA Photo
Vekoma | G1 Carter Handicap 2020 | NYRA Photo
Vekoma | G1 Carter Handicap 2020 | NYRA Photo
Vekoma | G2 Blue Grass 2019 | Photo by Candice Chavez/ESW/CSM
Vekoma | G2 Blue Grass 2019 | Photo by Candice Chavez/ESW/CSM
Vekoma | G2 Blue Grass 2019 | Photo by ESW
Vekoma | G2 Blue Grass 2019 | Photo by ESW
Vekoma | G3 Nashua S. 2018 | NYRA Photo
Vekoma | G3 Nashua S. 2018 | NYRA Photo