Pucker Up Stakes

The Pucker Up Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race for 3-year-old fillies held annually in early September at Arlington Park race track near Chicago, Illinois. A Grade III event, it is contested over a distance of 9 furlongs (1 1/8 miles) on turf.[1]

Pucker Up Stakes
Grade III race
LocationArlington Park
Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
WebsiteArlington Park
Race information
Distance1 18 miles (9.0 furlongs)
QualificationThree-year-old fillies
WeightScale Weight
Purse$100,000 (since 2015)[1]

The race was named in honor of Ada L. Rice's filly, Pucker Up. Pucker Up was one of five champions trained by U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer James P. Conway.

The race was inaugurated in 1961 and was run on the main track until 1974 and again in 1976. In 1974-5, it was run at ​1 116 miles; in 1979 and 1986, the distance was ​1 316 miles.[2]

Winners since 2000Edit

2019 Cafe Americano Irad Ortiz Jr. Chad Brown Peter M. Brant 1:47.42
2018 Secret Message Irad Ortiz Jr. H. Graham Motion Madaket Stables et al 1:50.01
2017 Fault Miguel Mena Michelle Lovell Agave Racing 1:50.08
2016 Noble Beauty Florent Geroux Chad Brown Great Point Stables 1:50.09
2015 Miz Money Robby Albarado Patti Miller L.T.B. Inc./Hillerich Racing 1:49.80
2014 Sistas Stroll Drayden Van Dyke Thomas F. Proctor Five Fillies Stable 1:55.13
2013 I'm Already Sexy Florent Geroux Wayne Catalano Hit The Board Stables 1:48.12
2012 Leading Astray Eduardo Pérez Chris Block Team Block 1:49.28
2011 Marketing Mix Junior Alvarado Thomas F. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:49.24
2010 Dade Babe Florent Geroux Danny L. Miller Lawrence G. Peifer 1:51.77
2009 Hot Cha Cha James Graham Philip Sims Nelson McMakin 1:47.67
2008 Closeout Jamie Theriot Thomas F. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:53.22
2007 Dreaming of Anna E. T. Baird Wayne Catalano Frank C. Calabrese 1:48.20
2006 Vacare Carlos Marquez, Jr. Chris Block Lathenbach Stables 1:49.71
2005 Royal Copenhagen Shaun Bridgmohan Laura de Seroux Richard L. Duchossois 1:48.76
2004 Ticker Tape Kent Desormeaux James M. Cassidy D. Pearson/J. Sweesy 1:48.63
2003 Aud Brian Peck Anthony Reinstedler Willmott Stables 1:49.16
2002 Little Treasure Rene R. Douglas Laura De Seroux Port Trust et al 1:49.82
2001 Snow Dance Craig Perret John Ward Jr. John Oxley 1:47.93
2000 Solvig Pat Day Carl Nafzger Bentley Smith Trust 1:52.40


  1. ^ a b "Pucker Up Stakes Statistics". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Arlington Park Stakes Histories" (PDF). arlingtonpark.com. p. 24. Retrieved 14 August 2016.