May 20, 2016
Source: Paulick Report

Stoneway Farm’s homebred Ahh Chocolate re-discovered her winning form from last fall with a victory in Friday’s Grade 3 Allaire DuPont Distaff at Pimlico. A 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride, the Neil Howard trainee covered nine furlongs in 1:50.82 over the fast main track in her second lifetime graded stakes win.

Though she broke on top, Ahh Chocolate was allowed to settle in fourth behind the early leaders. Jockey Brian Hernandez placed her in the clear running along the outside while Super Majesty commanded the early pace. With a 1 1/2-length lead, Super Majesty led through fractions of :23.80, :48.75, and 1:12.98, followed by Savings Account and favorite Mei Ling. Ahh Chocolate raced three-wide all along the backstretch and into the far turn, when she made her move toward the leading Super Majesty.

With just a head between them, Super Majesty and Ahh Chocolate straightened into the lane together. Those two battled all the way to the sixteenth pole, when Ahh Chocolate finally measured the rival filly. Making a very late run up the outside, however, was Theogony, who had been last in the early going. She closed within a half-length of Ahh Chocolate, but was too late as the wire passed overhead. Joint Return was three-quarters of a length back in third, and Super Majesty was just another neck back in fourth.

Bred in Kentucky, Ahh Chocolate is out of a daughter of 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam. The mare was purchased at the 2010 Keeneland November Sale by Stoneway Farm for $200,000. Ahh Chocolate has now won five of her 12 lifetime starts, boosting her career earnings to just under $400,000.

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