Prado's Sweet Ride

Prado's Sweet Ride

Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

Prado's Sweet Ride Heads Pucker Up Stakes

Fort Prado filly won the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) in last start.

Prado's Sweet Ride, the upset winner of the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs last out, tops the field of 11 3-year-old fillies entered in the Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Arlington International Racecourse Aug. 15.

At a distance of about 1 1/8 miles on turf, the Pucker Up is the sixth race on the card highlighted by the Arlington Million (gr. IT).

A daughter of Fort Prado  trained by Chris Block for her Illinois breeders, Darrell and Sadie Brommer, Prado's Sweet Ride rallied late to take the June 15 Regret by a head over Lady Zuzu at 9-1 odds. The victory was the fourth in six starts for the filly who will be ridden by Jose Lezcano as the 122-pound highweight.

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Block is also represented in the Pucker Up by Team Block's homebred Giant Deduction, who broke her maiden at a mile over a yielding Arlington grass course July 2 before a third in allowance company. The Giant's Causeway  filly is a half sister to three graded stakes winners, including Pucker Up winner Leading Astray.

Calumet Farm's Return to Grace also made her most recent start in the Regret, in which the English Channel  filly made a bid in the stretch but flattened out to finish third. The Mark Casse trainee broke her maiden at 1 1/8 miles on grass at Churchill in her third start previous to the Regret.

Shipping to the Midwest from New York is Highland Yard's Miss Chatelaine, a Christophe Clement-trained daughter of Pulpit who won last year's Chelsea Flower Stakes at Belmont Park. She is coming out of an eighth-place finish in the Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. IT).

Front-running Mizz Money won the Allen LaCombe Memorial Stakes earlier this year and recently had back-to-back second-place finishes in the Indy Star Stakes and Northbound Pride Oaks, which was won by Pucker Up entry America Mon Amie. The Mizzen Mast  filly who has won or placed in six of 10 starts  for L. T. B. and Hillerich Racing breaks from the 3 post under Robby Albarado.

America Mon Amie, trained by Anthony Granitz and owned by David Menard, Captain Jack Racing Stable, and Granitz, finished a game fourth, only 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Her Majesty's Flag, in the Duchess Stakes at Woodbine July 19.

Entries: Pucker Up S. (G3T)

Arlington International Racecourse, Saturday, August 15, 2015, Race 6

  • Grade IIIT
  • About 1 1/8m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 3:07 PM (local)
11Unbridled Courage (FL)Kent J. Desormeaux118Jeffrey A. Radosevich-
22Giant Deduction (IL)Florent Geroux118Chris M. Block-
33Mizz Money (KY)Robby Albarado118Patti Miller-
44Urtheoneeyelove (KY)Edgar S. Prado118Eric R. Reed-
55Return to Grace (KY)Joe Bravo118Mark E. Casse-
66America Mon Amie (IL)Rosemary B. Homeister, Jr.120Anthony J. Granitz-
77Ahh Chocolate (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.120Neil J. Howard-
88Prado's Sweet Ride (IL)Jose Lezcano122Chris M. Block-
99Counterfactual (KY)Drayden Van Dyke118Thomas M. Amoss-
1010Miss Chatelaine (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoel Rosario120Christophe Clement-
1111Walking the Kitten (KY)Irad Ortiz, Jr.118Michael J. Maker-