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.
ANGST: Prado's Sweet Ride Rallies to Win the Regret Arlington International Racecourse, Saturday, August 15, 2015, Race 6
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.
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L 1 1Unbridled Courage (FL) Kent J. Desormeaux 118 Jeffrey A. Radosevich - 2 2Giant Deduction (IL) Florent Geroux 118 Chris M. Block - 3 3Mizz Money (KY) Robby Albarado 118 Patti Miller - 4 4Urtheoneeyelove (KY) Edgar S. Prado 118 Eric R. Reed - 5 5Return to Grace (KY) Joe Bravo 118 Mark E. Casse - 6 6America Mon Amie (IL) Rosemary B. Homeister, Jr. 120 Anthony J. Granitz - 7 7Ahh Chocolate (KY) Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 120 Neil J. Howard - 8 8Prado's Sweet Ride (IL) Jose Lezcano 122 Chris M. Block - 9 9Counterfactual (KY) Drayden Van Dyke 118 Thomas M. Amoss - 10 10Miss Chatelaine (KY) Joel Rosario 120 Christophe Clement - 11 11Walking the Kitten (KY) Irad Ortiz, Jr. 118 Michael J. Maker -
Arlington International Racecourse, Saturday, August 15, 2015, Race 6