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Fappiano / Blushing Groom Cross Is On Fire

Silver City (by Unbridled's Song (TrueNicks,SRO) out of a Mt. Livermore mare) recently brought the Fappiano/Blushing Groom (FR) cross into news highlights, winning the Dixieland Stakes at Oakland Park Jan. 16. The next day, things really shifted into high gear.

First there was the win for The Pamplemousse (Kafwain - Comfort Zone, by Rubiano), who defeated Square Eddie for the San Rafael Stakes (gr. III). The Pamplemousse (who is rated B+ by TrueNicks) is from the second crop of Kafwain (TrueNicks,SRO), who now stands at Hurstland Farm in Midway, Ky., for $6,500. Kafwain also had five stakes winners in his first crop, including the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) winner Massive Drama.

Then there was the all-out assault on Saturday stakes by 3-year-olds from the first crop of Candy Ride (ARG) (TrueNicks,SRO) , one of the best runners bred on the Fappiano/Blushing Groom cross. Candy Ride's son Jack Spratt (TrueNicks B+) gained his first stakes win with a tally in the Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Out of a mare by Miner's Mark, Jack Spratt has a somewhat interesting pattern as his grandsire, Cryptoclearance (TrueNicks,SRO), is by a son of Mr. Prospector out of a mare by Hoist the Flag, and his broodmare sire, Miner's Mark is by Mr. Prospector, and has a second dam by Hoist the Flag.

The second Saturday stakes winner for Candy Ride was Chocolate Candy (TrueNicks rated A++), who captured the California Derby. Chocolate Candy was previously already a stakes winner and grade I-placed.

On the same day, the stakes-winning Evita Argentina (TrueNicks A++) was runner-up in the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II), with other promising daughter Candilejas running fourth.

Additionally, Miles and Miles took third in the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay.

Candy Ride was a genuine phenomenon on the racetrack, running a best Beyer of 123  Now, with four first-crop stakes winners (two graded) and another also grade I-placed, and three stakes-placed horses (one grade I-placed), it's looks like he might be the real deal as a stallion.

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