Sea Siren Runs Away With Arlington Matron

(from Arlington Park report)
Strode Stables' Sea Siren made amends Saturday with a front-running four-length victory in the $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) for her first stakes triumph at odds of 14-1.

Mark Guidry rode the Florida-bred daughter of Stormy Atlantic  who went the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:49.19 after posting fractions of 23.25 seconds, 46.95 seconds, 1:11.33, and 1:36.47.

In her most recent start, Sea Siren finished 10th in Ellis Park's one-mile Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 5.

Ralph Nicks trains the 4-year-old filly who won for the second time in six starts this year. She earned $90,000 for the victory to boost her bankroll to $193,110 while improving her overall record to four wins from 15 starts.

"Ralph said the main thing was to get her out of the gate and not have to check or anything because she gets discouraged real easily," Guidry said. "She broke real good. I was a little worried on the backside because I thought we were going pretty quick, but turning for home I punched on her and she took off."

Stop a Train and Sunset Kisses, both trained Christine Janks, finished second and third, respectively, in the five-horse field. Maggie Slew, the 3-2 favorite, and second choice Take a Check completed the order of finish.

"She ran a great race," said Chris Emigh, who rode the runner-up. "I thought the speed would soften the pace, but she never stopped."

Sent off as the longest shot in the field, Sea Siren returned $31.60, $9.80, and $4. Stop a Train paid $4.60 and $2.80. Sunset Kisses paid $2.80.

Marianne Siegel bred Sea Siren, who is out of Spend It On Mom, by Spend a Buck, and was bought for $100,000 Barretts in March 2004.

(Chart, Equibase)