Drone - Broodmare Sire of Champions
Unbeaten, 4 Starts, 4 wins
3-Y-O; 4starts: 4 wins
Won Maiden Race (1200m ) at Hialeah by 5 lengths.
Won Allowance Race (1400m ) at Hialeah by 9 lengths
Won Allowance Race (1400m) at Hialeah by 4 lengths
Won Allowance Race (1500m) at Gulfstream by 4.5 lengths
Though not a stakes winner Drone had displayed sufficient ability on the racetrack to attract the attention of Claiborne Stud. Retired to the world famous Claiborne Stud, Drone stood alongside champion racehorses and legendry sires such as Ack Ack, Damascus, Danzig, Forli, Hawaii, Majestic Light, Mr Prospector, Nijinsky II, Private Account, Secretariat, Sir Ivor, Spectacular Bid,and Tom Rolfe during his tenure. The success at stud by Drone paved the way for Claiborne Stud to repeat the pattern later when standing another non stakes winner, Danzig, on the back of his three victorious life time starts in Maiden and Allowance races.
Drone made an immediate impact at stud siring 4 stakes winners from 23 runners with his first crop of only 30 foals. He continued delivering and posted more than satisfactory results throughout his stud career. In total Drone sired 593 foals, 466 raced of which 52 won stakes races. The single biggest crop sired by Drone numbered 41 foals. It is as a broodmare sire that Drone has achieved recognition. He has the unique distinction of being the dam-sire of two Kentucky Derby winners in Charismatic (Champion at 3 yrs , Horse of The Year) and Grindstone. His daughter Parrish Princess produced champion filly Princess Rooney who has been inducted into the USA Racing Hall of Fame. A winner of 17 of 21 starts Princess Rooney won the inaugural running of the Breeders Cup Distaff. Perhaps he will be best known as the sire of Navajo Princess who bred the European champion Dancing Brave considered by many to be the best winner of the Arc De Triomphe of the modern era.
It is hardly surprising that Drone has done so well as a broodmare sire, he was after all a son of Sir Gaylord
whose other sons Sir Ivor and Habitat also excelled in producing champion fillies and broodmares.
Chestnut Horse 1960 (Nigromante – Candy Dish)
Candy Spots so named because of peculiar white and black markings on his hind quarters captured the imagination of the American racing public during the Summer of 1963. Unbeaten in three starts at two years Candy Spots kept up his flawless record leading up to the Kentucky Derby, the first race of the Triple Crown series. In the Kentucky Derby Candy Spots suffered his first defeat from 7 starts at the hands of Chateaugay and Never Bend. Candy Spots extracted revenge in the Preakness Stakes over both Chateaugay and Never Bend, winning by 3½ lengths. The final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, saw Chateaugay reverse the order outstaying Candy Spots in the finish. Candy Spots started favourite for each of the three Triple Crown races.
Time Magazine Mar. 15, 1963
This year there are two Misters Big—and for good reason. Harry Guggenheim's Never Bend and Rex Ellsworth's Candy Spots already rank head-and-hindquarters above the rest of U.S. three-year-olds.
Each horse is impeccably sired: Never Bend by the Irish stallion Nasrullah (other offspring: Nashua, Bold Ruler, Jaipur), Candy Spots by the Argentine stakes winner Nigromante.
But there the similarity ends. A medium-sized colt with a shining dark bay coat, Never Bend likes to grab an early lead and fight off challengers. Candy Spots is a strapping chestnut with curious black and white spots on his rump, who prefers to dwell in the pack, then turn on a withering burst of speed in the stretch.
Time Magazine May 10, 1963
There were nine thoroughbreds in last week's 89th Kentucky Derby, but as far as the crowd was concerned there were only three. And what a trio. Rex Ellsworth's California colt, Candy Spots, drew most of the attention, partly because of his huge size (16.2 hands) and partly because in six starts, he had never been beaten. "I've got the right horse," said his jockey, Willie Shoemaker.
Time Magazine May 24 1963
The Preakness Stakes
Gobbling up ground with his mammoth stride (estimated at 28 ft.), Candy Spots drew out, flashed across the finish line 3½ lengths ahead of Chateaugay.
Lifetime: Raced three years; Record 22-12-5-1; $824,718
Candy Spots stud record
Candy Spot fashioned a modest stud record siring 8 stakes winners from 243 foals. It was however as a broodmare sire that Candy Spots would achieve outstanding success. In the role of broodmare sire he was responsible for the dams of champions, Lehmi Gold (1982 Eclipse Award winner, Champion Older Male in 1982) and Candy Éclair (1978 Eclipse Award winner, Champion 2yr old filly).