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Cafe Americano Sips Stakes Success In Pucker Up

Cafe Americano Sips Stakes Success In Pucker Up

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL – The perfect foam topping to trainer Chad Brown’s Saturday at Arlington Park came when his pupil Cafe Americano nearly went last-to-first in the stretch to dominate the $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes (G3).

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Breaking from the far outside post 11 as the 5/2 favorite under Irad Ortiz, Jr., Cafe Americano took back and watched as Sky Freak posted quick opening fractions of :23.00, :47.64, and 1:11.84. At the 1/4 pole, Cafe Americano received her cue, and she responded by circling the field with gusto.

At the top of the stretch, Winter Sunset held a momentary lead, but it soon disappeared as Cafe Americano glided right alongside and past her. Taking complete control near the 1/16 pole, the Peter Brant-owned filly flew home in a final time of 1:47.72 for the 1 1/8-mile event over the firm turf course.

Credit: Coady Photography

Princesa Carolina fought hard with Art of Almost in deep stretch to defeat that foe for second by a head. Winter Sunset necked out Winning Envelope for fourth, with Indigo Gin a 1/2-length behind them. Seventh went to Lightscameraaction, with Gamblin TrainComic KittenAunt Hattie, and an empty Sky Freak completing the order of finish.

Mercila was scratched.

Credit: Coady Photography

Cafe Americano’s win was her third in four career starts, with her lone loss a sixth-place finish last time out in the Belmont Oaks (G1). The 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, purchased for $625,000 as a yearling, has now amassed $149,800 in earnings.

Cafe Americano returned $7.40 to win, $4.80 to place, and $3.20 to show. Princesa Carolina brought back $6.20 to place and $3.60 to show, while Art of Almost paid $3.40 to show.

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