The Grade III Pucker Up Stakes has long
been one of Arlington Park’s more popular events among horsemen from around the
country and the 2011 event is proving no exception with an overflow field of 14
slated to head postward in Saturday’s $100,000 race for 3-year-old fillies at a
mile and an eighth on the turf.
Glen Hill Farm’s Marketing Mix could
find herself favored after posting an impressive victory against Ontario-bred
rivals in the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine Race Course. The
Tom Proctor-trained daughter of Medaglia d’Oro also boasts in-the-money
finishes in the $150,000 Fury Stakes and the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks since
breaking her maiden at Keeneland in April. Marketing Mix will be ridden
for the first time by Junior Alvarado.
Millennium Farms’ Summer Savory returns
to her Chicago
homebase after finishing sixth in the Grade III Ontario Colleen Stakes at
Woodbine last month. Prior to that, the daughter of Horse Chestnut ran
second beaten only half a length in the Grade III Virginia Oaks at Colonial
Downs. The Mike Stidham trainee is two-for-two over the Arlington
turf, breaking her maiden here in May and capturing a first-level allowance
race the following month. Leading rider James Graham has the mount.
Jean & Ted Barlas and Mike
Porcaro’s Trac N Jam also comes home after a disappointing run in her last
start, a fifth-place finish in the Grade II Lake Placid Stakes at
Saratoga. In her previous start, the daughter of El Corredor won the
$125,000 Indiana Distaff at Indiana Downs. The Andy Hansen pupil has
never been worse than second in three starts over the Arlington
green including a pair of June victories. Jermaine Bridgmohan is named.
Herman Van Den Broeck’s Angelica Zapata
comes into the Pucker Up off a second-place finish in the $50,000 Ellis Park
Turf Stakes at that Kentucky
track. The Sharp Humor filly has but one win this year, that coming in
the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy over Polytrack at Turfway
Park in January.
Florent Geroux will ride the Ron Pellegrini-trained filly.
Two other stakes winners are part of
the field – Vladamir Kasakov’s Santina Dond, who won the $65,000 Hatoof Stakes
on the Arlington Million Day undercard; and Slapshot Racing’s Seans
Silverdancer, heroine of the $100,000 Pat Whitworth Debutante last December at Hawthorne.
Wade Rini has the mount aboard the Gennadi Dorchenko-trained Santina Dond while
Tim Thornton is slated to ride Seans Silverdancer for trainer Lisa Merrit.
Also of note in the race is Ben Walden
& Pat Madden’s Triune, who invades from New York where the daughter of E
Dubai was competitive in overnight stakes competition. Seth Martinez
rides for trainer Richard Budge.
Completing the field for Pucker Up
(with jockeys listed) are: Green Lantern Stables’ Sea Level Drive (Corey
Lanerie); Pete & Barb Horton’s Love Dare (Eusebio Razo Jr.); Philip Sims
& Jerry Namy’s Don’t Tell Sophia (Leandro Goncalves); Flaxman Holdings’
Barbies M (Julio Felix); Pin Oak Stable’s Happy Choice (Jesus Castanon); Ken
& Sarah Ramsey’s Artemus Kitten (Jozbin Santana); and Dreamfields Farm’s
Maid of Heaven (E. T. Baird).