Pucker Up Stakes Day at Arlington Park in Photos

September 17, 2014 03:45pm
Sistas Stroll AP 615 X 400
Photo: Heidi E. Carpenter


After winter's early arrival brought a week of clouds and cold rain to the Chicago area, it was wonderful to experience the sun at Arlington Park for Pucker Up Stakes (Gr. III) day.


Ghostly Wonder, a beautiful gray son of Corinthian, in the paddock before race 4 (an allowance).


Mac West, a son of Indygo Shiner, in the paddock before race 4.


Mac West wins race 4 under Channing Hill.


Coco Mon, a son of Monarchos, peeks at me from behind his pony. The gelding required an equine companion in the paddock prior to race 6, an allowance for Illinois-breds.


(Above & below) Under James Graham, Coco Mon wears down Lassell to win race 6.



Coco Mon is led to the winner's circle. The gelding could have used the pony after the winner's circle ceremony as he was quite full of himself!


Aurelia's Belle, winner of the Arlington Oaks (Gr. III) last out, in the paddock before the Pucker Up.


Post-time favorite Final Redemption in the paddock prior to the Pucker Up.


The jockeys arrive to the paddock for the Pucker Up.


Mike Smith (aboard V V Goodnight).


Sistas Stroll, Drayden Van Dyke up, in the post parade for the Pucker Up.


The horses cluster together early in the race.


Final Redemption, Edgar Prado up, breaks free and takes the lead early.


(Above & below) Sistas Stroll takes over in the stretch to win the Pucker Up.



Sistas Stroll and Drayden Van Dyke are taken to the winner's circle.


(Above & below two) I stayed at the track late and caught the start of a lovely sunset when I was leaving. As the Pucker Up was my last day shooting at Arlington Park until next year, it was a fitting farewell.






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An equestrian since 1986, Heidi has loved horses for as long as she can remember. She fell in love with the sport and history of Thoroughbred racing as a young girl after reading about the great champions of yesteryear, including Man o' War, Lexington, Equipoise, and Citation.

Heidi has a great interest in the stories, connections and images abound in Thoroughbred racing. She also enjoys studying pedigrees and racing history.

Heidi lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband (who is also a racing fan) and four cats, and has her beloved horse, Limerick, boarded nearby. Registered as Amanda Bry, Limerick is a 1991-model OTTB mare that Heidi has had since 1996. Heidi also runs Racing Reviewer.

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