LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Cliff Sise, Jr. estimates he’s been in the horse racing game for more than 50 years. You’d think the trainer of Danzing Candy would be elated that after all these years he finally has a Derby contender. Elated may be a little strong.
“It’s just another race,” Sise said Tuesday morning after Danzing Candy came off the track. “I mean, I’ll get excited maybe on the walk over (Saturday).”
If Sise is excited about one aspect of the race, it could be the field’s lack of speed. And he has a speed horse. Danzing Candy was a wire-to-wire winner in March’s San Felipe Stakes. He outdueled Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator and the Santa Anita Derby runner up Mor Spirit in the win.
“Speed kills,” Sise said with a laugh.
Speed was not in his favor in the Santa Anita Derby in April, where he finished fourth on an off-track.
“(Jockey) Mike (Smith) went way too fast and Mike said he didn’t really care for the mud,” Sise said.
If the weather forecast holds for Saturday, mud should be of little concern for Danzing Candy’s connections.
“He came out of the Santa Anita Derby very good and that’s one reason why we’re here,” Sise said.