|Arlington Park Stakes results
AUD WINS GRADE III PUCKER UP STAKES AT ARLINGTON PARK
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 13, 2003) -- Willmott Stables Inc.'s Aud, a 15-1 longshot, rallied between horses mid-stretch and drew off to a 1 3/4-length win in the Grade III $175,000 Pucker Up Stakes on Saturday at Arlington Park. Brian Peck was aboard the Anthony Reinstedler-trained filly who covered the mile and an eighth over "yielding" turf in 1:49.16.
Aud raced in the middle of the pack while saving ground early, angled to the outside turning for home, found room between horses approaching the eighth pole and responded under strong urging to gain the score.
"She's a nice filly and she settled really nice for me," said the Kentucky-based Peck. "The idea was to make one last run and that's what happened. Everything worked out for us. I just wanted to make sure I had a good clear place to make my run when I started to run because once you get her started and turn the keys, she goes full blast."
The Pucker Up was the second stakes victory in as many tries over the Arlington turf for Aud, who won for the fourth time in nine trips to the post. In July, she captured the $47,550 Double Delta Stakes here but followed that with a ninth-place run in the Grade III Lake George Stakes at Saratoga.
"We gave her a little freshening after the Lake George and she's really done super here," said Reinstedler. "She really likes Arlington Park."
The victory was worth $105,000 and boosted her bankroll to $192,915.
Hail Hillary, who had the lead at the furlong marker, held on to finish second in the field of 12 3-year-old fillies. It was another nose back to Julie's Prize and a half a length farther back to 7-5 morning line favorite Hoh Buzzard, ridden by Gary Stevens who was making his first appearance at Arlington Park since being injured at the finish of the Arlington Million four weeks ago.
"She ran great," said jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. of Hail Hillary. "I thought she'd kick in a little better than she did after she changed leads but she still ran a big race. (Aud) was just a little too much for her."
"She ran a super race," said Larry Sterling Jr., who rode Julie's Prize. "She settled back nicely. We only had one horse beat down the backside. We made one run at 'em and I think if we'd had another sixteenth of a mile we would have won."
"I had a little bit of bad luck," noted Stevens of his trip aboard the beaten favorite. "We missed the break, and that cost us, and then we got in a pocket and couldn't get out. She was frustrated, and I was, too."
Aud paid $32, $15.80 and $9.80. Hail Hillary, sent off at odds of more than 40-1, returned $27.40 and $13.60. Julie's Prize, the longest price in the race at odds 54-1, paid $14.20. The three longshots combined for a $31,266.80 trifecta and with the favorite in fourth combined for a superfecta worth $47,556.00.
Keeping the Gold, Plume Rouge, Sue's Good News, Meet Me At Midnite, Cat's Cat, Achnasheen, With Certainty and Sarie Marais completed the order of finish.
Earlier in the day, Pop-A-Top LLC's Finally Here took the lead in the stretch and was first home by a neck in the $47,850 Smart Deb Stakes. The daughter of Yarrow Brae was ridden by Eusebio Razo Jr. and traveled six furlongs over a fast track in 1:10.09. The Tom Amoss-trained filly was sent off as the 8-5 favorite and paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.40.
Fabulous Brush rallied from next to last at the top of the stretch to run second, seven lengths ahead of third-place finisher Feisty Princess. Star of Atticus, Rebridled Dreams and Big Score completed the order of finish.
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 McHenry, Trackside Rockford, 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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