Noble Beauty (11) wins the Pucker Up on disqualification of Try Your Luck (leading, blue blinkers)
Great Point Stables’ Noble Beauty crossed the wire second by a nose, but was moved up on a disqualification of the winner Try Your Luck in Saturday’s Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes. A 3-year-old daughter of Kitten’s Joy, Noble Beauty gave Geroux his fifth winner on the day at Arlington Park, covering nine furlongs on the “good to firm” turf in 1:50.09 for trainer Chad Brown.
Geroux was well back of the leaders in the early going after break from nearly the outside post position in the 13-filly field, while Moms Choice was very quick out of the gate to command the early pace. Moms Choice led Try Your Luck and Nobody’s Fault through fractions of :24.29 and :49.43, as Auntie Joy tracked the pace from fourth. Approaching the far turn, Try Your Luck and Nobody’s Fault drew even with Moms Choice as Auntie Joy had to wait until the top of the lane to angle out and make her move.
Those three were stride for stride at the top of the stretch, but Geroux was moving on Noble Beauty from nearly the rear of the field. Riding confidently from the back of the pack, Geroux angled Noble Beauty to the center of the turf course and urged her on with every stride, just entering the television screen in the final sixteenth of a mile. Her momentum carried her to within a nose of Try Your Luck at the wire. However, Try Your Luck had interfered with Auntie Joy in the middle of the stretch run and gotten out badly the rest of the way to the wire, and so the stewards disqualified her to third. The final order of finish was Noble Beauty in first, Auntie Joy in second and Try Your Luck in third.
Bred in Kentucky by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Noble Beauty is out of an unraced daughter of Mineshaft. The Pucker Up is the first graded stakes win of her career, and brings her overall record to two wins and two seconds from five starts, with earnings of over $ 130,000.
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