Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sarah Sis Pull Upset in Presque Isle Masters

Purchased for only $20,000 as a 2-year-old, Sarah Sis moved closer to becoming a millionaire with a victory in the $400,000 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (G2) Monday at Presque Isle.

 

Sarah Sis, a 4-year-old daughter of Sharp Humor who wintered the last two years at Oaklawn with trainer Ingrid Mason, recorded her most lucrative career victory in the Masters, holding off two-time defending champion Living the Life by a head under Florent Geroux. She ran 6 ½ furlongs over the all-weather surface in 1:16.42 and paid $22.20.

 

The victory, Sarah Sis’ eighth in 21 lifetime starts, increased her earnings to $911,000 for Oklahoma owner Joe Ragsdale, who, on the advice of Mason, purchased the bay filly for $20,000 at the 2014 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June 2-year-old and Horses of Racing Age Sale.

 

Sarah Sis recorded her first of six career stakes victories to date in Oaklawn’s $150,000 Honeybee (G3) last year. She concluded 2015 with a victory in the $250,000 Raven Run Stakes (G2) Oct. 17 at Keeneland.

 

Sarah Sis was then entered in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed Sale, but failed to reach her reserve after a final bid of $1.2 million.

 

Returned to Mason for a 4-year-old campaign, Sarah Sis made three starts at Oaklawn, finishing second in the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 23, fourth in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 14 and fifth in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 19. The Bayakoa and Azeri were around two turns.

 

Sarah Sis, in her 2016 debut, was beaten a neck by Haveyougoneaway in the 6-furlong American Beauty.

 

Haveyougoneaway won the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (G1) Aug. 27 at Saratoga to increase her career earnings to $897,425. She broke her maiden at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting.

 

Back in the Winner’s Circle

 

Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel won his first race since resuming his riding career last month in Sunday’s finale at Churchill Downs aboard Playing a Joke for owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs.

 

Borel, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 1995 and 2001, guided Playing a Joke ($47.40) to a nose victory in the 1 1/16-mile race for $5,000 claimers.

 

Borel had been 0 for 23 since he came out of retirement Aug. 27 at Ellis Park. His last victory had been March 18 at Oaklawn aboard Thrylos for trainer Lon Wiggins. Borel abruptly retired March 29.

 

Borel provided Moquett with his biggest career victory to date in the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) in 2006 at Churchill Downs. Borel won that 1 1/8-mile race by a nose aboard Seek Gold ($185.40).

 

Mac Attack

 

Oaklawn regular Mac Robertson won the first four races on the final day of the Canterbury Park meeting Saturday to punctuate his 10th training title at the Minnesota track.

 

Robertson finished with 71 victories during the 69-day meet. Two-time defending champion Robertino Diodoro, who ended Robertson’s nine-year stranglehold on the title in 2014, finished second with 49 victories.

 

Diodoro has made a huge splash the last two years at Oaklawn – his first seasons as a regular – winning 31 of 103 starts.

 

Robertson ($1,574,773) also topped all trainers in purse earnings at Canterbury Park where he is a member of the track’s Hall of Fame, won six races this year at Oaklawn. He is best known for handling millionaire and multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Win Willy.

 

In the Canterbury Park jockey’s race, Alex Canchari rode 81 winners to finish second. Dean Butler won 82 races. Canchari was Oaklawn’s third-leading rider this year with 36 victories.

 

Finish Lines

 

Jon Court, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2000, is out indefinitely after suffering three broken vertebrae and two broken ribs in a spill Friday at Churchill Downs. Court has 3,994 career victories, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Court, 55, was Oaklawn’s sixth-leading rider this year with 29 victories. … Chris Hartman, Oaklawn’s leading trainer in 2015 and runner-up this year, won two races Sunday at Churchill Downs – Wilbo ($3.40) in the first and Rivers Run Deep ($5.20) in the ninth. Rivers Run Deep beat a former Hartman runner, Black Bear (lost through a $62,500 claim June 30 at Churchill Downs). Wilbo and Rivers Run Deep were both allowance/optional claiming winners this year at Oaklawn. … Storm Power, fourth in a March 24 allowance/optional claimer at Oaklawn, won the $40,000 Tom Metzen H.B.P.A. Sprint Stakes Saturday at Canterbury Park for trainer Robertino Diodoro. Diodoro finished tied for fifth in the Oaklawn standings this year with 22 victories.

 

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sarah Sis Pull Upset in Presque Isle Masters

Purchased for only $20,000 as a 2-year-old, Sarah Sis moved closer to becoming a millionaire with a victory in the $400,000 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (G2) Monday at Presque Isle.

 

Sarah Sis, a 4-year-old daughter of Sharp Humor who wintered the last two years at Oaklawn with trainer Ingrid Mason, recorded her most lucrative career victory in the Masters, holding off two-time defending champion Living the Life by a head under Florent Geroux. She ran 6 ½ furlongs over the all-weather surface in 1:16.42 and paid $22.20.

 

The victory, Sarah Sis’ eighth in 21 lifetime starts, increased her earnings to $911,000 for Oklahoma owner Joe Ragsdale, who, on the advice of Mason, purchased the bay filly for $20,000 at the 2014 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June 2-year-old and Horses of Racing Age Sale.

 

Sarah Sis recorded her first of six career stakes victories to date in Oaklawn’s $150,000 Honeybee (G3) last year. She concluded 2015 with a victory in the $250,000 Raven Run Stakes (G2) Oct. 17 at Keeneland.

 

Sarah Sis was then entered in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Mixed Sale, but failed to reach her reserve after a final bid of $1.2 million.

 

Returned to Mason for a 4-year-old campaign, Sarah Sis made three starts at Oaklawn, finishing second in the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 23, fourth in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 14 and fifth in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 19. The Bayakoa and Azeri were around two turns.

 

Sarah Sis, in her 2016 debut, was beaten a neck by Haveyougoneaway in the 6-furlong American Beauty.

 

Haveyougoneaway won the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (G1) Aug. 27 at Saratoga to increase her career earnings to $897,425. She broke her maiden at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting.

 

Back in the Winner’s Circle

 

Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel won his first race since resuming his riding career last month in Sunday’s finale at Churchill Downs aboard Playing a Joke for owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs.

 

Borel, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 1995 and 2001, guided Playing a Joke ($47.40) to a nose victory in the 1 1/16-mile race for $5,000 claimers.

 

Borel had been 0 for 23 since he came out of retirement Aug. 27 at Ellis Park. His last victory had been March 18 at Oaklawn aboard Thrylos for trainer Lon Wiggins. Borel abruptly retired March 29.

 

Borel provided Moquett with his biggest career victory to date in the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) in 2006 at Churchill Downs. Borel won that 1 1/8-mile race by a nose aboard Seek Gold ($185.40).

 

Mac Attack

 

Oaklawn regular Mac Robertson won the first four races on the final day of the Canterbury Park meeting Saturday to punctuate his 10th training title at the Minnesota track.

 

Robertson finished with 71 victories during the 69-day meet. Two-time defending champion Robertino Diodoro, who ended Robertson’s nine-year stranglehold on the title in 2014, finished second with 49 victories.

 

Diodoro has made a huge splash the last two years at Oaklawn – his first seasons as a regular – winning 31 of 103 starts.

 

Robertson ($1,574,773) also topped all trainers in purse earnings at Canterbury Park where he is a member of the track’s Hall of Fame, won six races this year at Oaklawn. He is best known for handling millionaire and multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Win Willy.

 

In the Canterbury Park jockey’s race, Alex Canchari rode 81 winners to finish second. Dean Butler won 82 races. Canchari was Oaklawn’s third-leading rider this year with 36 victories.

 

Finish Lines

 

Jon Court, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2000, is out indefinitely after suffering three broken vertebrae and two broken ribs in a spill Friday at Churchill Downs. Court has 3,994 career victories, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Court, 55, was Oaklawn’s sixth-leading rider this year with 29 victories. … Chris Hartman, Oaklawn’s leading trainer in 2015 and runner-up this year, won two races Sunday at Churchill Downs – Wilbo ($3.40) in the first and Rivers Run Deep ($5.20) in the ninth. Rivers Run Deep beat a former Hartman runner, Black Bear (lost through a $62,500 claim June 30 at Churchill Downs). Wilbo and Rivers Run Deep were both allowance/optional claiming winners this year at Oaklawn. … Storm Power, fourth in a March 24 allowance/optional claimer at Oaklawn, won the $40,000 Tom Metzen H.B.P.A. Sprint Stakes Saturday at Canterbury Park for trainer Robertino Diodoro. Diodoro finished tied for fifth in the Oaklawn standings this year with 22 victories.

 

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