We purchased what we thought was our final yearling on Thursday evening. Hip 3580 is a filly by War of Will out of Sweet Candy Dance by Twirling Candy. Marc was walking between barns on Wednesday morning when he saw her out being viewed by another prospective buyer. She immediately caught his attention so he went to take a look at her. He knew right away he wanted to add her to the stable, but had concerns she would sell for more than our budget allowed.
When I arrived on the grounds later that morning, Marc took me to see the filly. About the time we had decided to try to move forward with her, Jun Park showed up at the barn. Marc asked him to take a look at her, but as it turned out, Jun bred this filly, and knew her all too well. The more Marc and Jared talked about her throughout the rest of the morning, the more we liked her. We decided to forego looking at horses until she went through the ring late Thursday. We knew we couldn’t buy something else and then buy her and we were willing to bypass anything else until we at least took a shot at her. We ultimately decided to go well over the budget to secure her at $62,000 and we were thrilled to do so.
This filly has a huge stride and is an excellent mover. We like everything about her, but it was the walk that made us willing to spend as much as we did. She looks like a quick, handy sort. There’s nothing too big or too small about her. That’s typically the sort that comes to hand relatively quickly. She is a late April foal and we expect she has some growing to do and we think she’ll be a standout next spring. She has great angles in her hips and shoulders and we love the shape of her hind leg from the stifle to the hock. All the parts come together in an exceptionally athletic filly.
War of Will is a son of the great War Front. He was the winner of the Preakness Stakes (GI), The Risen Star (GII) and LeComte (GIII) all on dirt. He won the Maker’s Mark Mile (GI) on the turf. Overall, he won five races and $1,881,803 from eighteen starts. His first foals are yearlings.
Sweet Candy Dance is a stakes placed daughter of Twirling Candy. She earned $144,340 for her career. Her dam, Dancing Rage, was a stakes placed earner of $140,865.
She is at Margaux Farm in Midway. She will ultimately be trained by Brendan Walsh who bought into her himself as soon as Marc told him about her.