08/13/2016 7:25PM

Noble Beauty wins Pucker Up by disqualification

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Noble Beauty (No. 11) was elevated to first in the Pucker Up Stakes.

Noble Beauty was elevated to first when Try Your Luck was disqualified for interference Saturday in the 53rd running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes, the Arlington Million Day finale at Arlington Park in suburban Chicago.

Try Your Luck held off Auntie Joy in a frantic stretch run, but not before noticeably herding her rival well out onto the turf course. As those two dueled, Noble Beauty made a late rush, passing Auntie Joy while Try Your Luck narrowly finished first.

However, after a stewards’ inquiry and an objection by Brian Hernandez Jr., the rider of Auntie Joy, a change was made, giving Noble Beauty her first stakes victory. It was the fifth winner of the day for jockey Florent Geroux, who earlier won the Grade 3 American St. Leger, Grade 1 Secretariat, and Grade 1 Beverly D.

“We got lucky there with the disqualification, but I did think our filly ran the best race,” said Chad Brown, who trains Noble Beauty for Great Point Stables LLC.

Noble Beauty, by Kitten’s Joy, returned $7.20 as second choice in a field of 12 3-year-old fillies. Auntie Joy, the 2-1 favorite, was placed second, and Try Your Luck, the 6-1 third choice, was lowered to third.

The final time for the 1 1/8-mile race was 1:50.09 over firm turf.

The $2 exacta (11-9) paid $18.40, the $1 trifecta (11-9-3) returned $32.40, and the 10-cent superfecta (11-9-3-7) was worth $17.72.