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The following post appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report.

A number of years ago, one of the favored anti-drug slogans was “Speed kills.” Though questionable for drug deterrence, the slogan is ever so true in horse racing.

The horse with the most speed kills his opposition.

That was certainly the case with Shared Belief, who scooted home the winner of the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes by 7 3/4 lengths in the time of 1:22.17. The dark brown colt had tracked early leader Papa Turf through fractions of :22.56 and :46.06. Shared Belief maintained a steady pace around the turn as his rivals began to struggle or tire and drew off through the stretch with a final furlong in :11.76.

The speed derived from powerful hindquarters is an inheritance from the gelding’s sire Candy Ride and broodmare sire Storm Cat. In addition to becoming the most successful commercial sire of his time, Storm Cat was part of a cadre of stallions whose trademark was power. Not quick action and maneuverability that allows some horses to slip away from their competitors but brute power that overwhelmed the opposition in a blur of speed.

Now unbeaten in two starts, Shared Belief is expected to race next in the G1 Hollywood Futurity, which is also the expected next race target for Kobe’s Back, who was the favorite for the Prevue and finished second.

Bred in Kentucky by Pam and Martin Wygod, Shared Belief is the eighth foal out of the Storm Cat mare Common Hope, who also has produced G3 stakes winner Little Miss Holly (by Maria’s Mon) and stakes-placed Double Major (Bertrando). The Prevue winner’s granddam is Sown (Grenfall), who produced Grade 1 winner Key Phrase (Flying Paster), and the gelding’s third dam is stakes winner and G3 stakes-placed Bad Seed (Stevward).

Fans of California racing will immediately recognize these names because they are some of the consistent performers that the Wygods put in play with their state breeding program at River Edge Farm in California. A few years ago, they began to shift their breeding operation to Kentucky, and their most élite producers came to the Blue Grass State, where they were mated with some of the best stallions in the world.

For instance, once Key Phrase was a proven quality producer, she came to Kentucky and foaled Common Hope, who was a winner from five starts. The latter went to stud in California, where she had five consecutive foals by Bertrando. All were winners, and the most successful of them was Double Major, winner of $157,439 and third in the Sunshine Millions Oaks.

Common Hope came to Kentucky, was mated to leading sire Maria’s Mon (Wavering Monarch), and immediately produced G3 winner Little Miss Holly. The mare’s third Kentucky foal was Shared Belief, but he is also her last.

Consigned to the Keeneland November sale in 2011, when Shared Belief was a foal, Common Hope sold for $125,000 to Omer Halim Aydin and was exported to Turkey.

Whereas Thoroughbred breeding in the States lost Common Hope, it has gained the sire of Shared Belief, Candy Ride. An Argentine-bred bay of exceptional speed, Candy Ride was the highweight miler in Argentina, where he was unbeaten in three starts, including the G1 Gran Premio Joaquin S. de Anchorena and Gran Premio San Isidro.

With his speed, form, and good looks, Candy Ride was imported to race in North America, where he was likewise unbeaten in three starts. These included the G1 Pacific Classic and G2 American Handicap.

Candy Ride went to stud first at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm and now stands at Lane’s End Farm. The bay horse of impressive proportions has been a stallion success from the beginning of his stud career, and he has sired seven G1 winners to date.

The stallion’s G1 winners include Santa Anita Derby winner Sidney’s Candy, Santa Anita Handicap winner Misremembered, Malibu Stakes winner Twirling Candy, and King’s Bishop winner Capt. Candyman Can.

The sire of 30 stakes winners (6 percent from foals), Candy Ride will stand for $35,000 next year.

Candy Ride’s stakes winners come from a variety of broodmare sires, but two are out of mares by Storm Cat sons, including G1 winner Evita Argentina, and Sidney’s Candy is out a Storm Cat mare like Shared Belief.

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