Saturday, September 13, 2014

Arlington Barn Notes: Sat., Sept. 13

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Barn Notes:  Saturday, September 13, 2014      
In Today's Notes: 
  • Sarah Sis Headed to Keeneland
  • Baird Continues Impressive Meet with Friday Four-bagger

        Arguably the most impressive juvenile filly maiden winner of the 2014 Arlington International Racecourse meet, Sarah Sis has recovered quite well from her second outing in the Listed $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie in which she was a game second to Quality Rocks. 
Trained by Ingrid Mason and owned by Joe Ragsdale, the daughter of Sharp Humor earned an eye-opening 89 Equibase Speed Figure on debut – traveling six furlongs in 1:11.04 and defeating the well regarded Wayne Catalano trainee Bossy by 11¾ lengths.  Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Bossy returned Friday afternoon to manhandle a field of fillies to win on second asking. 
        Sarah Sis, on the other hand returned 16 days later and set a decent pace in the aforementioned Lassie before a valiant defeat.  In addition to the loss itself, other aspects did not go as planned for the handsome dark bay charge. 
        "She got a little wound up," Mason explained.  "She wasn't washed out or anything, but she was really wound up and expended a lot of energy jumping around and almost galloping in place.  She just wouldn't relax.  I think she lost the race there."
        With such talent, Sarah Sis is a promising prospect for the Mason stable.  Plans are to eventually return to stakes company, but first the conditioner – a very hands-on trainer – wants to work Sarah Sis and cure her issues. 
        "She's doing really good right now," Mason continued.  "She came back a little quick into that race and that sometimes happens with babies when it comes to their second start.  They just get wound up.  I'm going to work with her and work on getting her head back to where it needs to be."
         As far as the immediate future, the Kentucky-bred filly will return to the Bluegrass State.  "She's going to go to Keeneland," Mason concluded.  "I'm going to run her in a non-winners of two on the dirt.  I believe it's six or six and a half furlongs and she should do very well.  I hope she gets back to herself.  She has such raw talent and I'm hoping we can settle her down so she can show it again."

        Veteran jockey E. T. Baird is having a huge 2014 meet at Arlington International Racecourse and put an exclamation on said performance with a four-bagger on Friday afternoon, including two victories with leading trainer and strong supporter Larry Rivelli.  The journeyman has struck at a rate of 26% - highest among all local jockeys – and has hit the board with 53% of those rides – good for second-highest.  He is currently tied with Manny Esquivel for third in the standings (through Friday) with 52 wins and his mounts have earned just over $1.1 million.
        In addition to traditional supporters like Rivelli, Mike Stidham and Michele Boyce, Baird has also picked up steady support from trainers like Armando De La Cerda and Anne Smith to make for a diverse clientele of quality conditioners.
        Asked what he values most about his steady and successful meet riding for said associates, Baird was poignant in response.  "Every day I can walk out here and you ask me that question – that's what I appreciate," he said with a smile.  "The world is always changing and you just try to keep moving on and go forward."
David ZennerSenior Manager of Communications
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