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SUE'S GOOD NEWS FACES EUROPEAN INVADERS IN GRADE III PUCKER UP
Local Filly Faces Toughest Test to Date in Turf Debut
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 11, 2003) -- CresRan LLC's Sue's Good News takes to the turf course for the first time in her brief career and will face 11 rivals including two European invaders in Saturday's Grade III $175,000 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park. The Pucker Up, restricted to 3-year-old fillies, will be run at a mile and an eighth over Arlington's world famous turf course.
A daughter of Woodman, Sue's Good News has won five of her six starts with the only blemish on her record coming in the Grade III $500,000 Delaware Oaks at that Midlantic track July 19. Trainer Steve Hobby indicated that Sue's Good News tied up sometime between leaving the paddock and arriving at the starting gate for the Delaware race which likely accounted for her sluggish performance. She rebounded from that effort to capture the Grade III $100,000 Singapore Plate over the main track here in her next trip to the post. Tim Doocy, who has been aboard Sue's Good News for all of her races, makes the trip in from his Louisiana homebase for Saturday's headliner.
Among those slated to face Sue's Good News in the Pucker Up are recent European arrivals Plume Rouge and Hoh Buzzard, as well as Sarie Marais, who has made only one start in this country after having previously run in France.
Skymarc Farms' Plume Rouge invades off a winning effort in the listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary where the daughter of Pivotal scored by two lengths at odds of 10-1. The runner-up in that race, Perfect Touch, has since run second in a Group III race. Earlier this year, Plume Rouge ran a good fifth in the Group I Irish One Thousand Guineas at The Curragh. She will race for trainer Kevin Prendergast on Saturday but will then be transferred to the American barn of Christophe Clement. Her regular rider, Ireland-based Declan McDonogh, will be in the irons.
Gary Tanaka's Hoh Buzzard was second in her previous start, the Group III Prix de la Nonette over a mile and a quarter at Deauville in France. Prior to that, the daughter of Alhaarth won three straight races at distances from a mile to 10 furlongs topped by the mile and quarter listed European Breeders Fund Upavon Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury. Gary Stevens, making his first trip to Arlington since being injured at the finish of the Grade I Arlington Million four weeks ago, comes in from California to guide Hoh Buzzard in the Pucker Up.
John A. Chandler's Sarie Marais looks for her first victory in the United States after finishing second in her North American debut, the $50,000 Twin Lights Stakes at Monmouth Park, last month. Jose Velez Jr. has the call aboard the Michael Dickinson-trained daughter of Unbridled.
The rest of the field for the Pucker Up Stakes (with jockeys listed) are: Sterling Stud's Achnasheen (Joe Johnson); Willmott Stables Inc.'s Aud (Brian Peck); Jerry Frankel's Cat's Cat (Frank Lovato Jr.); Larry Slavin's Hail Hillary (Alfredo Juarez Jr.); Richard Otto Stables Inc.'s Julie's Prize (Larry Sterling Jr.); Tom Fedro, Darrell & Sadie Brommer's Keeping the Gold (Eusebio Razo Jr.); B M H Stable's Meet Me At Midnite (Rene Douglas); and Robert Shapiro's With Certainty (Brice Blanc).
Arlington Park -- host to the record-breaking 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- runs a 104-day meet in 2003 through Saturday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates seven off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Rockford, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Waukegan and Longshots featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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