Miss Chatelaine Possible for Pucker Up

August 02, 2015 08:16pm

On the Arlington Million undercard on Aug. 15, the Grade III $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes is congealing for Arlington International Racecourse racing officials. Chief among the possibles for the race is Highland Yard’s Miss Chatelaine, from the barn of Christophe Clement.

Raced only four times, the daughter of Pulpit was eighth last out – by 5¼ lengths – in the Grade I $1,000,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational at Belmont Park on July 4. Losing that race to Lady Eli, the chestnut filly also finished astern that multiple Grade I winner in the $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes one race prior on May 31 at the same course. As a juvenile, the Kentucky-bred was undefeated in two starts, including a victory in the $100,000 Chelsea Flower Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 25.

Miss Chatelaine hails from the identical connections as Grade III $100,000 Modesty Handicap winner Walk Close on July 11. That bay filly is still under consideration for the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D., but is currently not likely to run, according to racing officials. The Modesty is the course and distance prep for the Beverly D. and provides its top-three finishers with a free roll into the marquee event.


Both Doubledown Stables’ Recount (above, black cap) and Larry Owens’ Royal Posh have exited their victories in Saturday’s stakes at Arlington International Racecourse in fine order, according to their conditioners.

Recount, trained by Jimmy DiVito, won the third stakes of his six-race career when taking the $54,100 Addison Cammack Handicap and has yet to finish out of the money.

“He’s doing really well today and I’m really happy with his race,” DiVito reported. “We may look at the ($50,000-added) Bruce Duchossois Memorial race (on Aug. 15, Arlington Million Day), but that may be coming back too quickly for him. I like to give him more time.”

Steve Manley-trained Royal Posh was winning her second stakes in her last five starts when annexing the $52,700 Isaac Murphy Handicap, while also taking her 12th victory in 48 lifetime starts.

“She’s great today and looks good,” Manley said. “This will likely be her last year of racing. We may run her here again and then go look at a stakes at Hawthorne (Race Course) before we retire her.”

Source: Arlington Park


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