Arlington Horses Work for Keeneland Starts
Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 3:30 PM
Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 2:31 PM
Photo: Four Footed Fotos
Leading Astray won the Pucker Up Stakes on Sept. 15.
Several stakes horses based at Arlington Park turned in preparatory moves there Sept. 29 for starts at the upcoming Keeneland meet that opens Oct. 5 in Lexington.
Team Block's Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) heroine Leading Astray, Lael Stable and All In Stable's Willcox Inn, Stone Farm and partners' Arlington Matron (gr. III) winner Upperline, and Tri Star Racing and Joe Denson's Brown Almighty were all part of an active worktab at Arlington.
Leading Astray, who won the Pucker Up Sept. 15 for trainer Chris Block, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 and galloped out three-quarters of a mile in 1:14 2/5 in preparation for either the Oct. 13 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) or the Oct. 19 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT). The Illinois-bred daughter of Belong to Me
is carrying a four-race win streak.
Willcox Inn, who comes off an eighth-place finish in the Aug. 18 Arlington Million (gr. IT) but won the first two legs of Arlington's Mid-America Triple last year, worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 in preparation for the Oct. 6 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT). Michael Stidham trains the 4-year-old Harlan's Holiday
Upperline, winner of this year's Arlington Matron (gr. III) back in May, accomplished five-eighths in 1:00 flat and galloped out three-quarters in 1:13 flat in advance of the Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) Oct. 7. Also trained by Stidham, the 5-year-old daughter of Maria's Mon recently finished fifth in the Aug. 18 Beverly D. Handicap (gr. IT) for a partnership including Stone Farm, John Adger, Oakcrest Farm, and Stidham.
Brown Almighty, winner of the $50,000 Sunny's Halo Stakes at Louisiana Downs, breezed five furlongs in :59 3/5 and galloped out three-quarters in 1:14 3/5 in preparation for the Oct. 7 Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT). Brown Almighty was the first stakes winner for champion Big Brown
, who now stands at Three Chimneys Farm. The 2-year-old colt ran second in the Sept. 8 Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs last time out for trainer Tim Ice.
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