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Dade Babe Easy Victress in Grade III Pucker Up Stakes
Lawrence Peifer's Dade Babe jumped out to an easy lead in the Grade III $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes and never looked back en route to a 3 3/4-length score in the Labor Day headliner at Arlington Park. Trained by Danny Miller, the daughter of Cimarron Secret covered the mile and an eighth over a turf course rated "good" in 1:51.77.
"It was my plan to open up a couple of lengths but I didn't think I'd be that far out in front," said winning jockey Florent Geroux. "She was going fast but she was real relaxed. She took a breather when I wanted her to and she ran well in the straight. She was just much the best today."
Leading by as many as 10 lengths through much of the race, Dade Babe posted fractions of 24.81, 49.72, 1:14.50 and 1:39.67 en route to the final clocking, which was hand timed.
Claimed for $25,000 in March, the 3-year-old filly earned $57,600 for her Pucker Up tally to boost her career bankroll to $122,440 while bettering her overall record to five wins from 11 starts. She is three for five since being claimed by Peifer.
La Cloche, the 2-1 post time favorite, made a late rally to take the place spot over Hatoof Stakes winner Silent Candy, who finished third in the nine-horse field.
"I just wanted to get my filly really comfortable in the race, but that other filly was gone already," said Junior Alvarado of his trip aboard the runner-up. "She did really good but nobody was going to catch the winner."
Dundalk Dust, Maddie's Odyssey, Cave Creeker, Mourette, Besitos and Kilmore Quay completed the order of finish.
Dade Babe paid $15.20, $6.80 and $5.20. La Cloche returned $3.60 and $3.20. Silent Candy paid $6.40.