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Candy Spots

Candy Spots
Sire Nigromante
Dam Candy Dish
Grandsire Embrujo
Damsire Khaled
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1960
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Rex C. Ellsworth
Owner 1) Rex C. Ellsworth
2) Warren B. (Bill) Terry
Record 22: 12-5-1
Earnings US$824,718
Candy Spots is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Candy Dish by Nigromante. He was born around 1960 in the United States, and was bred by Rex C. Ellsworth.
Major wins

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

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1963)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Candy Spots (1960–1976) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that 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. 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] Candy Spots was sired by the Argentine bred stallion, Nigromante, who was brought to California by Rex C. Ellsworth in 1957.

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]


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


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