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Filly named for Arizona softball coach finishes second at Santa Anita

Amid all the softball mementos, inspirational posters, New York Yankees memorabilia and pictures of his former players’ children, Arizona Wildcats softball coach Mike Candrea has a photo of a horse in his office.

His horse.

Kind of.

He’s following his namesake, a 2-year-old filly named Candrea — partially owned by local car dealers Paul Weitman and Karl Watson and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, a UA alum. Candrea finished second last weekend at the $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (Grade 1) at Santa Anita.

Candrea, who went off as the second favorite at 3-1 odds, and looked to have the race won before being edged out on the outside by the favored Weemissfrankie over a mile and sixteenth. Watch the video above.

Candrea could run in the Breeders’ Cup championships next month.

Weitman and Watson, along with co-owner Mike Pegram — previously had success with horses named after Arizona coaches — Da Stoops and Midnight Lute.

Candrea — the coach — said the owners named the filly without consulting him first.

“They just named it,” he said. “That’s all I know.”

Well, he does receive updates on the horse and tracks her progress on various websites. You, too, can follow along. Candrea — the horse — had wins in her first two starts.

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