October 28, 2015

A graded winner sprinting and routing…a winner on dirt and synthetic…first or second in 9 of 13 starts…and an earner of over $560,000?

SARAH SIS, from her debut 11 3/4-length win at 2, to her last-out victory in the G2 Raven Run S., has been one of the most consistent, versatile members of her generation.

The daughter of Sharp Humor has spent much of 2015 driving that point home. In addition to her all-heart win in the Raven Run going seven furlongs, SARAH SIS also won the G3 Honeybee S. and the G3 Iowa Oaks—both at 1 1/16 miles. Add to that another overnight stakes victory and a head defeat to champion Take Charge Brandi in the Martha Washington S. at Oaklawn, and it’s clear that this is a very, very good filly.

SARAH SIS was always bred to have an abundance of precocity and speed. She’s by Sharp Humor, a talented son of Distorted Humor who may be best remembered for running Barbaro to a long neck in the G1 Florida Derby, but who also showed his brilliance at seven furlongs with a win in the G2 Swale S.

SARAH SIS’s dam is by the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and Champion 2-year-old Gilded Time, while her second dam is by the strong speed influence End Sweep. That one sired horses of the ilk of Swept Overboard and Trippi, both top sprinter/milers, before become a leading sire in Japan.

Like the stallions in her pedigree, SARAH SIS is from a female family that leaned toward seven-furlong and miler-types. Her close relative Isitingood set a new world record at Santa Anita when he went a mile on the turf in 1:32 flat, one of four track records he set in all, three of which came at a mile.

SARAH SIS was unveiled over Arlington Park’s synthetic in August of her 2-year-old year, and quickly showed what she was made of with a dominating score at six furlongs. She ran second next time when sent off favored in the Arlington-Washington Lassie S., then concluded her juvenile year with a 4 1/4-length win in a Keeneland allowance. That race, won in 1:16 flat for the  6 1/2 furlongs, would later gain luster when the runner-up, Lovely Maria, won the 2015 G1 Kentucky Oaks.

In her 3-year-old debut, SARAH SIS was beaten a neck by GSW Promise Me Silver in the Dixie Belle S. at Oaklawn. The margin was just a head next out in the Martha Washington, a loss nearly only in name, considering the winner was the reigning Champion Juvenile Filly Take Charge Brandi.

Stretched beyond a mile for the first time in Oaklawn’s G3 Honeybee S., SARAH SIS, “pounced..[and was] quickly clear,” according to the official chart, and came away with her first graded stakes victory.

But SARAH SIS was just getting started. She led every step and was “always in command,” said the chart caller, when she won the one-mile Panther S. at Prairie Meadows. That was a prelude her second graded stakes win, a similarly impressive wire-to-wire victory in the $200,000 G3 Iowa Oaks.

SARAH SIS was asked a tall order tackling older fillies and mares in the G1 Prioress S. at Saratoga next time, and acquitted herself well. She sprinted out from the rail draw and set pressured fractions, and held well to be fourth.

Overlooked when returning to her age group in the Raven Run, SARAH SIS stalked the loose-on-the-lead favorite Bar of Gold, who set tepid :23 1/5 and :46 1/5 fractions, then grittily fought past that foe to win by a half-length.

“Down the stretch when I asked her, she gave everything she’s got,” said winning jockey Florent Geroux. “She was very brave. When she found her stride, she was going away. That’s a very nice, very talented filly.

Now, at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, this very talented filly is set to step into the ring as Hip 116. From there, how many more winner’s circle will she step into?

Click here to watch her win the G2 Raven Run Stakes. 

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