Ahh Chocolate (Candy Ride) and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. win the Allaire Dupont Distaff Stakes (Gr III) at Pimlico
Stoneway Farm’s Ahh Chocolate, winner of Pimlico’s $ 150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff (Grade III) on May 20, recorded her final breeze Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs for Saturday night’s $ 200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (GII), a 1 1/8-mile event for fillies and mares. The 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride went a half-mile in :49.60 under exercise rider Joel Dominguez.
“She went good,” Howard said of the work. “It was just a nice and easy half. She’s holding her form well and doing well.”
In three starts over the Churchill Downs main track, Ahh Chocolate has never been worse than second with a four-length allowance victory on Sept. 19 and a 1 ½-length triumph in the Falls City Handicap (GII) on Thanksgiving Day. Her lone defeat at Churchill came in the Chilukki (GII) where she was second beaten 4 ½ lengths behind Spelling Again.
“When she won here last fall she was pretty much on the lead, but we’re not looking for that,” Howard said. “She usually falls into a tracking position and doesn’t get too far back and she doesn’t have to be in one set way. She gets in a comfortable position and if it’s a short field you have to be careful just in case it’s slow and there’s no company up front but she usually gets in a good and favorable position.”
Howard also will start Eagle in Saturday’s feature race, the $ 500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) for 3-year-old and up at 1 1/8 miles.
“These Grade I and Grade II races can be tough to win and shouldn’t be taken lightly,” Howard said. “But I’m confident that both horses are doing real well.”
Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. has the mount aboard Ahh Chocolate and Eagle on Saturday.
New to the Paulick Report? Click here to sign up for our daily email newsletter to keep up on this and other stories happening in the Thoroughbred industry.
Copyright © 2016 Paulick Report.