Chocolate Martini Back At Fair Grounds, Could Point To Apple Blossom

Grade 2 winner Chocolate Martini returned to her Fair Grounds base Monday after winning her 4-year-old debut Sunday at Oaklawn for trainer Tom Amoss and owners Double Doors Racing, LLC and Nine Thirty Racing LLC.

Whether she makes another trip to Hot Springs this year remains to be seen.

Making her first start since finishing fifth in the $500,000 Spinster Stakes (G1) Oct. 7 at Keeneland, Chocolate Martini was a three-quarter length allowance winner under Jermaine Bridgmohan. Chocolate Martini covered 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:45.64 and paid $5 as the 3-2 favorite in the seven-horse field.

Chocolate Martini competed in many of the country’s signature events for 3-year-old fillies, including the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) and $1 million Cotillion (G1), and recorded her biggest victory to date in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) last March at Fair Grounds.

“Look, it was her first start since October and the transition from 3-year-old to 4-year-old year, so there were a few things we were looking to answer with that race, including whether she liked the surface over there,” Amoss said Tuesday morning. “There were all positive answers, so I assume we’ll consider the stakes program over there for the older mares.”

Amoss said the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 16 “comes up a little bit too quick” but Chocolate Martini could return for the $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 14.

“I’m fully aware that Monomoy Girl is pointing to that,” Amoss said of the Apple Blossom. “I get to see her train every day down at the Fair Grounds. She’s training great. I’m not exactly looking to see Monomoy Girl, but it’s definitely a possibility, yes.”

Monomoy Girl was a near-unanimous choice as champion 3-year-old filly of 2018 after crossing the finish line first in all seven starts, including the Kentucky Oaks and $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.

A daughter of Broken Vow, Chocolate Martini has won 4 of 13 lifetime starts and earned $469,536. Amoss, Bridgmohan and Nine Thirty Racing teamed to win last Thursday’s fifth race with Fair Grounds shipper Lady Cleopatra ($10.60).

Oaklawn announced Wednesday morning that the purse of the Apple Blossom would be raised $50,000 to a record $750,000. Amoss won the 2000 Apple Blossom with Heritage of Gold.

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