Owner Richard Keys of
Chicago, IL bred the colt by Chocolatier-
Shez Mine. Big Chocolate was driven by trainer Homer
Hochstetler and paid $14.80 to win.
"I just kind of stayed
in the back and wanted to see how thinks shook out,"
said Hochstetler. "It wasn't the greatest of trips
but he's strong enough. If he gets led up he usually
trots straight to the wire and he did tonight. He
raced really well last week and that was only his
second start. I thought he would be stronger tonight."
Lightning Storm and
driver Yannick Gingras rallied in similar fashion,
gunning down the leaders in the stretch, also
winning their elimination in 1:57. The son of
Donato Hanover-Lightning Flower was
a $90,000 yearling purchase from the
Lexington-Selected Sale for owner Tom Dillion of
Anson, ME. Steve Elliot bred the Jonas Czernyson
trainee. Lightening Storm returned $12.00.
The $400,000 Peter
Haughton Memorial Final will be contested on
Hambletonian day, August 6. Astarsborn Hanover,
Blomkvist, No Frosting, Nothing But Class, Possess
The Will, Power Play, Quit Smoking Now and Trojan
Horse will join Big Chocolate and Lightning Storm in
next week's final.
also featured a pair of $20,000 eliminations for the
$333,200 Merrie Annabelle for 2-year-old trotting
Action Broadway set a
new lifetime mark of 1:52.3 in the $25,000
Miss Versatility Open for mares. Virgil Morgan Jr trains
the 7-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall-Photo
With Molly. She now has nine wins this season for
owner Kenneth Sommer of Sheffield, OH.