Candy Man (U), sired by Kit Kat Sugar and shown by Salvador Cabral, cleared the board by six points, when he laid down a 224-point run, as the last horse to work in the 2019 Southern Futurity 3-Year-Old Open Finals. Rey Playin Up, shown by James Payne, and Blu Too Smart, also shown by Payne, tied for reserve with 218 points.
In addition to the $15,050 winner’s share that he earned as champion, Candy Man (U), owned by Billy Powell, Gainesville, Tex., also claimed $1,235 in the Open Gelding division, as well as $10,028, as the top-scoring Open 3-year-old in the Southern Cutting Stallion Incentive.
Shown by Cabral to place in the Open finals of both the West Texas and the Idaho Futurities, and to win the PCCHA Futurity Open Int., Candy Man (U) currently ranks among the Top Five 3-year-old money earners of 2019, with over $48,500. Out of Cotton Candy (DNA), Candy Man (U) is a three-quarter brother to That Sly Bob LTE $198,788 and Candy Girl (U) LTE $83,815, both sired by That Sly Cat.
Rey Playin Up, a mare sired by Dual Rey and owned by Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla., was a finalist with Payne in the West Texas Futurity and has career earnings of over $18,500. Blu Too Smart, a red roan gelding sired by Once In A Blu Boon and owned by Robert Masterson, Guthrie, Tex., placed third with Payne in the West Texas Futurity and fifth in the Brazos Bash. With $52,000, including money earned at the Southern Futurity, he currently ranks third among 3-year-old money earners of 2019.
Out of Too Smart Toodie, by Smart Mate, Blu Too Smart is a three-quarter to Peptotoodie LTE $169,599, by Peptotime, and a half-brother to Miss Masterson LTE $100,029, by Cat T Masterson.
The Southern Futurity continues through Saturday, October 26 with the Non-Pro and Amateur go-rounds and Finals.