09/19/2016 7:38PM

Sarah Sis wins Presque Isle Masters in return to synthetic

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Sarah Sis leads all the way under Florent Geroux to win the Presque Isle Masters on Monday.

Sarah Sis, beaten a combined 37 lengths in graded stakes on dirt at Saratoga in her two most recent starts, regained her best form switching back to a synthetic surface in Monday night’s Grade 2, $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters.

Sent to the front by jockey Florent Geroux, Sarah Sis ($22.20) withstood a late rally from Living The Life to capture the fourth graded stakes and sixth stakes overall in her career.

Based at Arlington Park with trainer Ingrid Mason, Sarah Sis, a 4-year-old daughter of Sharp Humor owned by Joe Ragsdale, completed 6 1/2 furlongs on Tapeta in 1:16.42.

Mason said she intends to take Sarah Sis to Keeneland in an attempt to qualify for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes on Oct. 8. As a 3-year-old last fall, Sarah Sis won the Grade 2 Raven Run at Keeneland.

Sarah Sis was making her first start on a synthetic surface since leading wire to wire in the Grade 3 Chicago Handicap on Arlington’s Polytrack in late June. She is now 3 for 4 with one second on synthetic surfaces.

In the winner’s circle, Mason said she was encouraged when Sarah Sis made the lead in the field of 11 fillies and mares and maintained a daylight advantage through fraction of 23.89 and 46.66 seconds.

“She broke strong, and when I saw her ears were pricked I got pretty excited,” Mason said. “She ran huge. She loves this track.”

The Southern California-based Living The Life came up a head short in her bid to win Presque Isle’s richest race for the third straight year. She had been 5 for 5 on synthetic surfaces since August 2014.

Ridden by Flavien Prat, Living The Life split horses in midstretch, got bumped by Cactus Kris, but continued on willingly and just missed at the wire.

Bar of Gold, making her synthetic debut after 13 starts on dirt, finished third at 5-1, a half-length behind Living The Life and a head in front of Woodbine shipper Elusive Collection. Another first-time synthetic runner, Birdatthewire, finished eighth as the slight 7-2 favorite.