Candy Spots

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Candy Spots
Sire Nigromante
Grandsire Embrujo
Dam Candy Dish
Damsire Khaled
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1960
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Rex C. Ellsworth
Owner 1) Rex C. Ellsworth
2) Warren B. (Bill) Terry
Record 22: 12-5-1
Earnings US$824,718
Major wins

Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes (1962)
Futurity Trial (1962)
Jersey Derby (1963)
Florida Derby (1963)
Santa Anita Derby (1963)
American Derby (1963)
Arlington Classic (1963)
San Pasqual Handicap (1965)

American Triple Crown wins:
Preakness Stakes (1963)

Candy Spots (1960–1976) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse.


Candy Spots was foaled in California and was named for the unusual white and black markings, similar to Bend Or spots, that speckled his chestnut hair on his hind legs and rump.[1] He was sired by the Argentine-bred stallion Nigromante, who was brought to California by Rex C. Ellsworth in 1957.

Racing career[edit]

Candy Spots was one of the best American juveniles of his generation, winning the Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes among his 3 for 3 record at 2. Candy Spots was undefeated in starts going into the Kentucky Derby.

Candy Spots is best known for winning the 1963 Preakness Stakes and for coming in a close second and third, respectively, in the Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby to his rival Chateaugay.

His other wins in 1963 included the Jersey Derby, Florida Derby, Santa Anita Derby, American Derby and Arlington Classic.

Unraced at 4, then later in his career in 1965, he won the San Pasqual Handicap.


Candy Spots was retired to stud in 1965, but he produced few stakes winners. His only offspring of note were 1973 Santa Susana Stakes winner Belle Marie, who was also the dam of 1982 American Champion Older Male Horse Lemhi Gold. Through his daughter Candy's Best, Candy Spots was also grandsire to Candy Éclair.

Candy Spots died in Lexington, Kentucky in March 1976 at the breeding shed of Warren B. Terry's Domino Stud of a ruptured renal artery.[2][3] Candy Spots was the last direct male line descendant of Rock Sand to win an American Classic Race.[1]


Pedigree of Candy Spots

ch. 1944


ch. 1936

Congreve Copyright
Per Noi
Encore Your Majesty

ch. 1936

Songe Sundari
Nitouche St. Wolf
Candy Dish

bay 1953


brown 1943

Hyperion Gainsborough
Eclair Ethnarch
Black Ray
Feather Time

bay 1945

Beau Pere Son-in-Law
Heather Time Time Maker


  1. ^ Avalyn Hunter.American Classic Pedigrees: 1914-2002. Blood Horse Publications. 2003.
  2. ^ Candy Spots Pedigree
  3. ^ NY Times March 24, 1976