Danzing Candy Scores Second Consecutive California Champion Juvenile

San Miguel, California—For the second consecutive year, the Rancho San Miguel stallion Danzing Candy has attained a state-bred champion runner. Yo Yo Candy, a graded stakes winner by the Twirling Candy sire, has been voted California Champion 2-Year-Old Male for 2023 by members of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Bred in California by Checkmate Thoroughbreds and campaigned by owners Tom and Kathy Lamont’s Happy Tenth Stable, Yo Yo Candy won two of five starts during his debut season of racing, topped by the $175,000 Sanford Stakes (G3) at Saratoga Race Course last July. The Daniel Velazquez trainee, whose dam is the Grade 1-placed multiple winner Yolanda B. Too, by Two Punch, earned $149,050 overall at 2.

In 2022, the Danzing Candy runner Giver Not a Taker was named California Champion 2-Year-Old Male in recognition of his two stakes victories in Southern California.

Multiple graded stakes winner Danzing Candy stands for a 2024 fee of $4,000 LFG at Rancho San Miguel, where he entered stud in 2018. His current sire statistics, including progeny updates, are available at Stallion Register Online.


Rancho San Miguel To Host Open House & Stallion Show On January 20

San Miguel, California—Featuring an informational program that has been crafted for current and prospective Thoroughbred owners and breeders, the venerable California farm Rancho San Miguel will host its 2024 Open House & Stallion Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 20. The free event will be held at the farm’s 250-acre site in San Luis Obispo County, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Anchoring this year’s robust agenda are horse husbandry seminars, networking opportunities and a parade of the farm’s nine-horse stallion roster. In addition to a catered lunch, attendees can participate in fun giveaways and a stallion season raffle.

Among the scheduled activities are a discussion on equine reproduction by Stacy Potter, DVM, of S&S Equine Veterinary Services and a session on equine nutrition by Purina feed representative Jordan Baumgartner.

Several horses representing Rancho San Miguel’s large consignment to the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s 2024 Winter Mixed Sale will be on display during the event, offering attendees an advance viewing of the mares, yearlings and horses of racing age who are entered in the January 30 public auction in Pomona, California.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the farm’s diverse stallion roster for 2024, which includes the promising young sires Danzing Candy and Editorial as well as respected veterans Northern Causeway, Richard’s Kid, Sir Prancealot (Ire), Surf Cat and Tom’s Tribute. California’s leading stallion by number of mares bred in 2023, Mo Forza, will be available for inspection, as will the farm’s newest addition to its stallion ranks: undefeated Bolden, who initiates his stallion career this year.

“We are always proud to open our doors to members of the racing and breeding community, and to invite mare owners to see our stallions up close in this casual format,” said Rancho San Miguel owner Tom Clark. “This year, we are adding some educational sessions and expert speakers to our line-up, which I believe will offer a well-rounded experience for attendees.”

To RSVP for Rancho San Miguel’s Open House & Stallion Show, please contact the farm at (805) 467-3847 or


Giver Not a Taker Becomes First Stakes Winner for Danzing Candy

Things continue to heat up for Danzing Candy as Giver Not a Taker runs downs a determined frontrunner to win the 125k I’m Smokin Stakes in his 2nd start today at Del Mar to become his sire’s first stakes winner while running the 6 furlng in a quick 1:09 3/5 for owner/breeders J. Kirk & Judy Robison, trainer Peter Miller and jockey Jose Valdivia. Watch race HERE.

This completes the hot streak that started for Danzing Candy on August 14. Since that date he has had 5 Maiden Special Race winners including 3 at Del Mar; Giver Not a Taker on 8/14, Leya’s Candy on 8/28 and Mystic Flyer on 9/4. Visit the Danzing Candy stallion page for more details.

There are 13 Danzing Candy yearlings scheduled to sell in the September 27 Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearling Sale in Pomona, California starting at 11 a.m.

Danzing Candy Exacta at Del Mar Provides Sire With 3rd Winner

Gold Rush Candy, a 115k yearling by Rancho San Miguel stallion Danzing Candy, rebounds from a rough trip in his first start, to beat Moose Mitchell (another Danzing Candy 2yo) in a pro-longed battle (see photo above) in a Maiden Special Weight at Del Mar recently to give his Freshman sire his 3rd winner. Gold Rush Candy was bred by Dan and Valencia Leach, is owned by Dianne Bashor and trained by Bob Baffert.  Watch race HERE.


Danzing Candy colts shine at OBS April Two-Year-Old Sale Previews.

The first 2 two-year-olds by first crop Rancho San Miguel stallion Danzing Candy performed well at the April 12 and 13 undertack shows for the OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in training in Ocala, Florida.  These are the first two-year-olds to be sold at auction at a two-year-old in training sale by this highly regarded first crop sire.

On April 12, a colt out of the Tribal Rule mare Public House bred by William Kerr and Jared Kerr and being sold by Mayberry Farms as agent as Hip 49, worked an 1/8th of a mile in an effortless 10 1/5.  Watch work HERE.

The following day, a colt out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Wind N Waves bred by Checkmate Thoroughbreds LLC and being sold by Randy Bradshaw as agent as Hip 404, worked an 1/8th of a mile in 10 2/5.  Watch work HERE.

Rancho San Miguel Announces 2021 Fees.

SAN MIGUEL, California – Rancho San Miguel has set 2021 stud fees for its roster of seven stallions, led by the globetrotting Sir Prancealot (IRE) whose fee will remain a California-leading $15,000 for his second season at stud in California.

Sir Prancealot, who sired progeny which won stakes in at least 6 countries in 2020, will return from Cornerstone Stud in Australia after breeding 105 mares in California in 2020.  His offspring have shown a propensity for high quality racing in North America with 17% Graded Stakes winners and 53% Stakes Horses earning an average earning per starters of over $210,000 from his only 17 starters.  They performed very well in the Breeders Cup last weekend when Miss Amulet ran a good third in the BC Juvenile Turf S-G1 in her U.S. debut and Lady Prancealot ran a very close 4th in the BC Filly & Mares Turf-G1.  They have also starred in the sales ring at Keeneland this week when the all 3 race mares by Sir Prancealot offered sold for an average over $766,000 led by Grade I winner Lady Prancealot, who sold for $1,600,000.

Danzing Candy, a brilliantly fast multiple Grade 2 winning son of Twirling Candy who bred 331 mares in his first 3 crop and whose first crop will be two-year-olds next year, will have his fee remain at $5,000.  His yearlings have been well received in California, Washington and Florida sales, topped by a $115,000 colt at the 2020 OBS October Yearling Sale.

Curlin to Mischief, perhaps the best bred stallion in California being a ½ brother to Into Mischief, Beholder and Mendelssohn, will have his fee remain at $3,500. His two-year-old son, Good With People, is a multiple stakes winner of $199,000 and is the current favorite to win California-bred Champion Two-Year-Old colt in 2020.  In the sales ring, another colt was sold for $85,000, which was among the highest prices at the recent 2020 Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearling Sale.  His fee will remain at $3,500.

Slew’s Tiznow, a record setting, Grade 1 performing dual stakes winner, who has produced 74% winners from starters while earning over $4.1 million, including 6 stakes winners.  His fee remains at $3,000.

Richard’s Kid, a two time winner of the Pacific Classic-G1 and earner of over $2.4 million, who has produced 27 winners already, of which 7 have already earned more than $100,000, including stakes placed Sedamar and Sapphire Kid.  His fee remains at $2,500.

Northern Causeway, a beautiful Graded stakes winning son of top sire Giant’s Causeway from the family of top sires City Zip and Ghostzapper, is the sire of 19 winners to date.  His 2020 fee will be $2,000.

Tom’s Tribute is a son of Lion Heart who was a Grade 1 winner of $634,889 and a leading miler in California.  His first foals are three-year-olds of 2020.  His fee will remain at $2,000.

Yearlings Aplenty by RANCHO SAN MIGUEL Stallions to sell at Auction NEXT Monday.

More than 20% of the sales catalog in the Fasig-Tipton Sale at Los Alamitos are by stallions that stand at Rancho San Miguel, including 15 yearlings by the red hot first crop sire Danzing Candy, 8 by Curlin to Mischief (sire of recent Del Mar 2yo SW Good to People), 5 by Northern Causeway, 6 by Richard’s Kid, 7 by Slew’s Tiznow, 13 by Tom’s Tribute and 2 by U S Ranger.