This race is named after Pucker Up, the 1957 Champion Older Female Horse. Owned by Dan and Ada Rice (who campaigned 1965 Kentucky Derby winner Lucky Debonair) and trained by Jimmy Conway, she went on a tear at age four. At Arlington, she beat her own sex in the Arlington Matron. Out at Washington Park, she took on the boys in the Washington Park Handicap and emerged victorious. The daughter of Olympia also took her form out of the Chicago area, winning the Beldame Handicap at Belmont that year.
Arlington has carded a race in Pucker Up’s honour since 1961.