All-weather sprint specialist Living The Life, a recent arrival from overseas, added a third straight win to her record Sept. 8 in taking the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II) at Presque Isle Downs (VIDEO).
The Irish-bred daughter of Footstepsinthesand won her stakes debut by a half-length under Mike Smith after taking charge from stubborn pacesetter Significant Bling in midstretch. She tenaciously dug in and held back runner-up Disco Barbie, who came between rivals to challenge and swiftly closed ground but could not overtake the winner.
Disco Barbie saw her perfect 3-for-3 record at the track halted, while Ageless had her three stakes win streak snapped in a third-place finish, one length behind Disco Barbie.
Smith had Living The Life ideally positioned between horses down the backstretch while Significant Bling clipped off the opening quarter in :23.46 with Ageless tracking from second, a length back. She clocked a half-mile in :46.44 as Smith wound up Living The Life for her run and moved her three wide into the stretch to cement the victory when the 4-year-old filly spurted past Ageless.
Living The Life won the track's marquee race as the 2-1 favorite and covered the race's 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.26 on the Tapeta surface.
Living the Life posted a 5-4-2 record from 19 starts in England, winning on the all-weather tracks at Lingfield, Wolverhampton, and Kempton. She closed that campaign April 18 with a victory at Lingfield and then captured her United States debut for trainer Gary Mandella, taking a six-furlong allowance/optional claiming race at Del Mar Aug. 7 before a transcontinental trip to Erie, Penn. track. She races for HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing.
Under 121 pounds, Living The Life paid $7.40, $4, and $2.60, and Disco Barbie, toting 112, returned $4.20 and $3.20. Ageless, the race's co-top weight at 123 pounds, was worth $4.20 to show.
Living the Life was bred in Ireland by Michael Begley from the unraced Machiavellian mare Colour and Spice.