Big Chocolate big 1:55.4 winner at Balmoral
May 03, 2012
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In addition to showcasing Illinois-breds on Wednesday night, Balmoral Park also served as a proving ground for Hambletonian eligible Big Chocolate (1:55.4) and North America Cup nominee Private Jet (1:53.4), who both won overnight races easily. Another winner on the card was Mrs. D, a 3-year-old half sister to Kadabra.
Big Chocolate, who competed in last year's Peter Haughton Memorial final, was moved to the lead past the opening quarter and by the time he hit the top of the homestretch he had a six-length advantage on the field. With trainer Homer Hochsteter in the sulky, Big Chocolate, a colt by Chocolatier, opened up to win by 11 1/4 lengths with his :28 last quarter.
Richard Keys bred and owns Big Chocolate, who took a mark of 1:54.3 last year in stakes action at The Red Mile and finished his season with earnings of $201,560.
Mrs. D., who is out of the broodmare Quillo, the dam of Kadabra, scored by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:58 for breeder-owner Connie Hochstetler. Hochsteter named the filly after the late Beulah Dygert, who raced Quillo and then gave her to Hochstetler.
Private Jet, a son of Jeremes Jet-Grand Romance, won an overnight by a couple of length for trainer Erv Miller, with Miller's son Marcus in the sulky. Andray and Lindwood Farms own the colt. The colt started racing last September but made only one official start last year, although he lso raced in a few qualifiers.