Longshot Gamblers Rose was pacing the start of the Falls City Handicap (gr. II) race at Churchill Downs yesterday (November 26), but it was Ahh Chocolate who wound up powering through to the end of the race, wining the nine-furlong by 1 1/2 lengths. The first two were tracked by Theogony, who came in second. Third place went to Call Pat.
The three-year-old filly and Stonewall Farm home-bred Ahh Chocolate had 6-1 odds as the third-favorite in the race and paid out $14.20, $7, and $4.20. Her trainer is Neil Howard, and was ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr.
“She’s a big filly; she’s growing all the time,” said Howard post-race. “We knew by fall she had started coming to hand. She ran well in the Chilukki [Stakes, gr. II, Nov. 7] and we knew she was consistent on this track.”
The favorite heading into the $200,000 Falls City race was Frivolous, at 3-1 odds. Unfortunately a tendon injury forced Frivolous out of the race, as well as today’s Clark Handicap (gr. I), and is going to be retired. 5-1 favorite So Sweet and Needmore Flattery (50-1 odds) also were scratched.
Second-place Theogony paid $12 and $7, while third-place finisher Call Pat paid $4. If you were lucky enough to hit on the $2 exact 6-11 it would have brought you back a return of $124.40 on your initial investment.
The second-choice, Chide, with 5-2 odds, pitched jockey Miguel Mena after taking a bad step, and she fractured her left front long; she was sadly euthanized.
Winning Falls City was worth $119,040 to the victor.