(Ollie’s Candy winning the G1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on Sunday / Benoit Photo & Courtesy of Del Mar)

KENT DESORMEAUX (Ollie’s Candy, winner) – “I was just letting her do her thing; reins were dangling. At the quarter pole I picked her up and she did the rest. She came again (in the lane). That other mare (Secret Spice) got in front of us, but my mare is a fighter. She wants to win. John (trainer John Sadler) is on a roll. He just let me come along today.”

FLAVIEN PRAT (Secret Spice, second) – “She ran a huge race. She just got beat today.”

DRAYDEN VAN DYKE (La Force, third) – “She’s just so consistent. She always runs her race and always gets a piece every time. She is so good that way.”

MIKE SMITH (Paradise Woods, fourth) – “No excuses. I’m thinking maybe this track is too deep for a big mare like her.

JOHN SADLER  (Ollie’s Candy, winner) – “She is a really nice filly who ran in some big races here last year for Bill Morey, Jr. She came my way (two starts ago) in really good shape and I’ve just kind of carried on for what he did last year. She ran a good race her last start at Santa Anita, came down here and had a bullet work over the track, which showed me she had an affinity for the dirt. A lot of Candy Rides can run on any surface. You don’t give Kent (Desormeaux) any instructions. You just don’t. So I was surprised to see her in front, but it worked out.”


FRACTIONS:  :23.05  :46.68  1:11.32  1:37.65  1:44.66

The stakes win was the first of the meet and first in the Clement L. Hirsch for rider Desormeaux. He now has 83 stakes wins at Del Mar, ninth best all time.

The stakes win was the fifth of the meet (in the 10th day of the meet) and fifth in the Clement L. Hirsch for trainer Sadler. He now has 72 stakes wins at Del Mar, fourth most among all trainers.

The winning owners, Paul or Daren Eggert from San Francisco, CA.