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Arlington Park Stakes advance

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 13, 2001) -- Graded stakes winners Snow Dance and Casual Feat are prominent among a field of 13 3-year-old fillies entered Thursday for Saturday's Grade III Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park. The $150,000 Pucker Up is a mile and an eighth grass race and will be run as the eighth of 10 races on the Saturday card that starts at 1 p.m. Central time.

Snow Dance, who races in the colors of John C. Oxley, captured the Grade II Lake Placid Handicap at Saratoga August 20 in gate-to-wire fashion in her most recent trip to the post. It was the third consecutive victory for the daughter of Forest Wildcat, who used similar tactics when capturing allowance races July 6 at Churchill Downs and July 30 at Saratoga. Craig Perret is named to ride the John T. Ward Jr.-trained filly.

A daughter of Cozzene, Hidaway Farm's Casual Feat earned a one-length victory in the Grade III Regret Stakes at Churchill June 16. In two starts since, the Steve Penrod trainee rallied from off the pace to finish third, beaten only a length and a quarter, in a third-level allowance race at Churchill July 7 and closed from seventh at the half-mile to run second in the $50,000 Audubon Oaks at Ellis Park August 4. Larry Melancon, who has been aboard Casual Feat in all but two of her eight starts, has a return call.

Slated to face Snow Dance and Casual Feat are: Charles Cella's Atomizer, Robby Albarado; My Jo Lee Stable's Curious Conundrum, Zoe Cadman; Mike Langford's Glory Glory, Larry Sterling Jr.; Donna Moore, Paul Saylor & Gene Voss' Katy Kat, Ray Sibille; Carl F. Pollard's Kiss the Devil, Mark Guidry; Jupiter Farm Ltd., Inc.'s Natasha Pumpkin, Carlos Silva; James Tafel LLC's Scoop, Marlon St. Julien; Paul Tonderum's Sharky's Review, Luis Quinonez; Glen Hill Farm's Sheikh Away, Earlie Fires; Guy & Diane Snowden's Sluice, Rene Douglas; and Regatta Stable's Twilite Tryst, Chris Emigh.

Scoop, a Gone West filly, makes her turf debut in the Pucker Up. The Gene Cilio charge is a two-time stakes winner on the dirt with scores in the $150,000 National Jockey Club Oaks at Sportsman's Park in April and the $60,000 Flawlessly, a race originally carded for the turf here August 26.

The Randy Morse-trained Glory Glory, who finished second to Scoop in the Flawlessly after setting the pace in the race, captured her lone try over the lawn, a first-level allowance race over this course August 8.

Sluice, Twilite Tryst and Sheikh Away, the one-two-three finishers in the $60,000 Misty Isle Stakes August 4, return for the Pucker Up. Sluice, a Bill Mott-trained daughter of Seeking the Gold, is three for 11 in her career. Twilite Tryst, a daughter of Afternoon Deelites trained by Hugh Robertson, won three straight turf races before having that skein stopped in the Misty Isle. The Tom Proctor-trained Sheikh Away, by Sheikh Albadou, has been third in both her trips over this course.

Atomizer invades Arlington in search of her third consecutive victory. The daughter of Northern Spur, trained by Peter Vestal, broke her maiden over the Saratoga turf course August 5 and returned 13 days later to capture a first-level allowance race at the upstate New York race course.

The locally based Curious Conundrum returns to Arlington after winning the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Oaks in Iowa in her last start. In her lone turf start, the Gene Brajczewski-trained daughter of Harlan finished third, beaten 2 lengths by Glory Glory.

Sharky's Review brings a five-for-six record to Arlington from her Iowa homebase. The daughter of Sharkey is a three-time stakes victress. The Mark Bader pupil has won the $60,000 Bob Bryant, the $50,000 Iowa Stallion Stakes and the $65,000 Iowa Breeders' Oaks, all restricted races. She finished third in the $150,000 Iowa Oaks, her lone stakes start against open rivals.

Katy Kat, an 11-length winner at Churchill in June, finished fourth in the Grade II Hollywood Oaks in her last start July 14. Kiss the Devil, who won back-to-back races at Churchill this spring, finished second in her last two races over this course. Natasha Pumpkin broke her maiden here over a yielding turf course August 17.

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