More Chocolate wins the La Canada, Spring Hill Farm and With Sugar on Top also find winner’s circle
Michael Talla’s More Chocolate was sent off as the third choice in the wagering at odds of 5/1 in the 1 1/16-mile Grade 2 La Canada Stakes Sunday at Santa Anita Park. The 4-year-old graded stakes placed filly started from the extreme outside post in the field of 6 horses, but that didn’t seem to bother her as she was content to stalk the early leader Willa B Awesome before seizing command and scoring a 1 3/4-length victory. Tim and Cary Frommer broke and trained More Chocolate in Aiken.
The bay daughter of Malibu Moon is conditioned by John Sadler and was ridden to victory by 2-time Eclipse Award winning jockey Garrett Gomez. More Chocolate was making her debut on the main track after all seven of her previous starts came on the turf.
Cary Frommer consigned More Chocolate to the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Olds in Training Florida Sale, and she was purchased for $310,000 by Martin Anthony. More Chocolate’s dam is the multiple graded stakes winner Little Treasure (FR).
More Chocolate has 3 wins, 1 second and 1 third, from eight lifetime starts, and has earned $182,790.
George Bolton and Stonestreet Stable’s Spring Hill Farm captured his 4-year-old debut, holding onto win a 7-furlong race by a head Sunday at Gulfstream Park. The 4-year-old son of Grade 1 winner Smart Strike, is out of the multiple graded stakes winning mare Colonial Minstrel, was bred by Edward Evans’ Spring Hill Farm, and was broken and trained in Aiken by Legacy Stable’s Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens.
Spring Hill Farm increased his lifetime earnings to $99,500.
Darley homebred With Sugar on Top made it consecutive victories Sunday at Gulfstream Park, winning her sophomore debut, by scoring a neck victory in a 1 1/8-mile race on the turf. The 3-year-old daughter of Grade 1 winner Unbridled’s Song, was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones. John Velazquez was in the irons on the dark bay filly, who is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.
With Sugar on Top broke her maiden in her second lifetime start during her juevenile campaign, with a victory in a 1-mile race on the turf at Monmouth Park on Aug. 12.