Friday, January 22, 2016
Mason Enjoying Stakes Winners
Trainer Ingrid Mason now has two multiple-stakes winning fillies in her barn after 3-year-old Marquee Miss won the $100,000 Dixie Belle Jan. 15 at Oaklawn. Right next door is Sarah Sis, who is scheduled to make her 4-year-old debut in Saturday’s $100,000 American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn.
Mason selected both bargains – each sold for $20,000 as 2-year-olds in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June 2-year-olds and Horses of Racing Age Sale – for Oklahoma owner Joe Ragsdale.
“My magic number is $20,000,” Mason said. “The horses that I’ve purchased for $20,000 or $25,000 have been my stakes horses. It just seems to be the magic number.”
Mason, who saddled her first winner in 2005, said she probably looked at 400 horses at the 2014 June sale, including Sarah Sis, a daughter of Sharp Humor who breezed an eighth of a mile in 10.1 in her under-track preview work.
In addition to Sarah Sis, Ragsdale purchased five other horses (two in partnership with Brad Miller), ranging in price from $13,000 to $57,000.
“Out of the 400, for price point, as far as breeding, those are the horses that I chose that, to me, looked the best that would go for the right price,” Mason said. “As far as her conformation goes, she’s pretty close to perfect.”
Sarah Sis has 6-3-0 record from 13 lifetime starts and earnings of $566,400. As a 3-year-old, Sarah Sis won the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn, $75,000 Panthers Stakes and $200,000 Iowa Oaks (G3) at Prairie Meadows and $250,000 Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. The Raven Run is Mason’s biggest career victory to date as a trainer.
After winning the Raven Run, Sarah Sis was entered in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed Sale, but failed to meet her $1.25 million reserve, Mason said.
Marquee Miss, a daughter of Cowboy Cal, has won 2 of 5 starts and $104,925 in her career. She won her career debut, the $75,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes last summer at Arlington Park, before winning her 3-year-old debut in the Dixie Belle.
Mason said Marquee Miss is pointing for the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 6 at Oaklawn. Sarah Sis nearly toppled champion and $435,000 yearling purchase Take Charge Brandi in last year’s Martha Washington.
“I’ve been very fortunate, lucky,” Mason said. “I think I have a pretty good eye for picking out horses.”
Last month’s $250,000 Springboard Mile for 2-year-olds at Remington Park in Oklahoma City continues to have a major impact this month at Oaklawn.
Cutacorner became the third Springboard Mile graduate, and second for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg, to win in the first five days of the Oaklawn meeting. Scratched from Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn, Cutacorner won Thursday’s eighth race, an entry-level allowance/optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles, by a half-length. He finished fourth in the Springboard Mile at odds of 87-1.
Ninth-place Springboard Mile finisher Giant Trick returned to break his maiden for Van Berg in Saturday’s fifth race.
Springboard Mile winner Discreetness won the Smarty Jones for trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs.
Apprentice jockey Sebastian Saez, younger brother of nationally prominent jockey Luis Saez and the late Juan Saez, who was also a rider, finished sixth in his Oaklawn debut in Thursday’s first race. Sebastian Saez is named on five horses Saturday and Sunday at Oaklawn. … Arctic Vortex finished sixth in Thursday’s first race at Oaklawn, while another Artic Vortex finished fifth in the fourth race. … Bold Conquest, fifth in last year’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), is scheduled to make his 4-year-old debut in Saturday’s sixth race at Oaklawn, a second-level allowance/optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles. … Shathoor, a 5-year-old half-brother to champion My Miss Aurelia, is entered in Saturday’s ninth race at Oaklawn, a maiden-allowance sprint. Shathoor made his first two career starts at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting is 0 for 8 overall.