03/07/2015 6:55PM

Sarah Sis gets first stakes win in Honeybee

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Sarah Sis, with jockey Julio Felix aboard, wins the Honeybee Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths Saturday.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Sarah Sis had been edged by a neck and a head in her two stakes starts leading up to the Grade 3, $150,000 Honeybee at Oaklawn Park, but there was no photo finish sign needed Saturday, as she powered to a 1 1/4-length win. It was the first stakes victory for Sarah Sis, who picked up 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Oaks.

Oceanwave finished second as the Honeybee favorite, 4 1/4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Pangburn. Oceanwave earned 20 points toward the Kentucky Oaks, and Pangburn, 10. Purr was fourth and picked up five points.

Sarah Sis ($7.80) settled in third as Super Saks jumped out to an eight-length lead through fractions of 22.92 seconds for the opening quarter and 46.36 for the half-mile. Sarah Sis overtook that one after six furlongs in 1:12.60, opened up on her rivals by five lengths in the stretch, then remained clear to cover the 1 1/16 miles on a track rated “fast” in 1:46.94.

Julio Felix was aboard the winner for Joe Ragsdale and trainer Ingrid Mason and said he was comfortable with the race shape Saturday.

“I wasn’t worried because I knew [Super Saks] was going too fast up there because my filly broke like a rocket,” Felix said. “When she opened up on me, my filly kind of got off the pace, and I was pretty happy at that point.”

Sarah Sis could make her next start in the Grade 3, $400,000 Fantasy at Oaklawn on April 4, said Mason.

Sarah Sis began her 3-year-old season Jan. 15 at Oaklawn with a runner-up finish in the $100,000 Dixie Belle. She was beaten a neck by Promise Me Silver, who remains undefeated in six starts and was scratched from the Honeybee. Sarah Sis made her next start Jan. 31 at Oaklawn and ran second in the $100,000 Martha Washington, beaten a head by champion Take Charge Brandi.

Sarah Sis has now won three of six starts. She earned $90,000 for her win in the Honeybee to improve her career earnings to $203,000. Sarah Sis is a daughter of Sharp Humor and was bred in Kentucky by veterinarian Catherine Rene White.

The estimated attendance at Oaklawn on Saturday was 20,000. Handle on the track’s nine-race card from all sources was $4,525,493, with $1.1 million bet ontrack.