Day At The Track

Chocolatier has his first race-day winner

07:51 PM 08 Jun 2010 NZST
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The 2005 2-year-old colt Trotter of the Year Chocolatier had his first winning progeny on Monday night, June 7, at Hazel Park Raceway as Creme De Cocoa won a non-wagering baby harness race.

With Hall of Fame horseman Doug Ackerman driving, the freshman fillyled from start to finishin 2:04.4, trotting a back half in 1:00.3 and final quarter in :29.3 to draw clear of her two rivals by 5-3/4 lengths.

"She's a big horse, a really nice filly, and she can go a whole lot more," said Ackerman. "She was well in hand."

Ackerman said he plans on sending Creme De Cocoa immediately to the Meadowlands for the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakeson June 24, and that he has the filly fully staked the remainder of the year.

"She's ready to go," he said of the plan to enter Creme De Cocoa in the NJSS off just one baby race. "She can drop in time, don't worry about that. She's fit."

Creme De Cocoa is out of the Garland Lobell mare Judge Judy, a winner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit at age three, and is a half sister to the 2009 Yonkers Trot winner Judge Joe, who earned more than $900,000 on the racetrack.

A homebred of Doug and Ada Jean Ackerman, Creme De Cocoa's sire also counted among his career victories the 2005 Breeders Crown and the 2006 World Trotting Derby. He was also the runner-up in the 2006 Hambletonian behind Glidemaster.

Truffles, a full sister to Creme De Cocoa, is a 2010 yearling. She also has a full brother now on the ground as a weanling. Judge Judy is being bred back to Chocolatier again this year.

Courtesy of the US TROTTING ASSOCIATION'S Web Newsroom

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