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Chocolatier equals mark

September 01, 2005

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Chocolatier, racing from behind for the first half mile, swooped around the field going to the three-quarters then drew away in the lane to score a 1:56.1 victory by three lengths in the $50,000 Hayes Memorial 2-year-old colt trot Thursday afternoon at DuQuoin. The time equals his own national season's record.

With D.R. Ackerman in the bike, Chocolatier started from the outside post 10 and had to settle in the outer flow through the first turn and down the backstretch. After a half in :57.1 Ackerman tipped the Credit Winner colt three deep and swooped dramatically into the lead before the 1:27.1 three quarters. In the lane the colt drew off to defeat Peter Haughton runner-up Lotsa Muscle and Eric Ledford. Roman Holiday and Andy Miller were third.

This was the third victory in four starts for the colt that is owned by the Doug Ackerman stable and trained by Doug Ackerman.

Also Thursday at DuQuoin, Victor's Finess and Andy Miller went three wide at the top of the stretch and rallied down the lane to catch Passionate Glide and Eric Ledford for a 1:56.2 victory in the $50,000 Hayes Memorial 2-year-old filly trot. Merrie Annabelle winner Miss Wisconsin was third.

The victory was the sixth of the season in nine starts for the Valley Victor lass, who is owned by Vandalay racing and trained by Ervin Miller.
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