Kaweah Bar Handicap

Kaweah Bar Handicap

Chocolatito is prompt favorite in Los Alamitos' Saturday feature.

Chocolatito 2020 Kaweah Bar Handicap

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Ed Allred's Chocolatito, the 17-10 favorite in a field of seven aged sprinters, made his 4-year-old season debut with a victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $35,000 Kaweah Bar Handicap (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Vinnie Bednar for trainer Scott Willoughby, Chocolatito defeated 5-2 second choice Alamode by a head in :17.399. The California-bred bay son of the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Favorite Cartel earned a 101 speed index and the $19,250 winner's share of the purse from his first graded stakes win.

"He smoked them down there," said Willoughby of Chocolatito. "I had to work him twice going 350 yards, and I was a little worried that I wasn't going to have him fit enough.

"This horse is just getting better every time," the trainer added. "He loves distance. He's not a big horse, but he's built perfectly. He is built for distance."

Chocolatito was bred by Dr. Steve Burns. Raced exclusively in California, he has won six of 13 starts, including last year's Dillingham Handicap, and he has banked $101,585. The gelding ended his 3-year-old campaign with a fourth-place finish in the December 13, 400-yard Southern California Derby (G2). He also ran second in the October 4, 400-yard PCQHRA Breeders' Derby (G3) and was a finalist in the Golden State Derby (G2).

Willoughby said that Chocolatito would be pointed to the 400-yard Vessels Maturity (G1) trials on June 14.

Tac Me Up, My Favorite Cartel, Cartel Rocks, Rite Quick, and Chicks Fayvorite completed the order of finish.

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