Ahh Chocolate (Candy Ride) and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. win the Allaire Dupont Distaff Stakes (Gr III) at Pimlico
Stoneway Farm’s Ahh Chocolate will bid for her second graded stakes victory of the year in Saturday’s 33rd running of Churchill Downs’ $ 100,000 Locust Grove (GIII), a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares three years old and up.
The 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride won Pimlico’s Allaire DuPont Distaff (GIII) for trainer Neil Howard on May 20, but has not found the winner’s circle in two starts since that victory. Those outings include a disappointing fifth in the Fleur de Lis (GII) at Churchill Downs on June 18 and a third-place run in the Groupie Doll (GIII) at Ellis Park on Aug. 6, where she finished behind fellow Locust Grove entrants Innovative Idea and Emmajestic.
“You’re not going to win every time, at least I don’t see that they do,” Howard said. “Nothing is perfect, you never say that. But so far she’s trained very, very well and she does like the track and she’s doing great. I think she’s a very straightforward filly and has held her form, all her races have been good. Basically, she’s a very uncomplicated filly and I feel that she has trained nicely for this race.”
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