Sunday, November 23, 2008

Siren Lure Gives Trainer Steve Sherman First Stakes Victory in Sausalito Stakes

Edited Golden Gate Fields report

Siren Lure snapped a 12-race losing streak Saturday when he charged powerfully down the stretch to score a 1 1/4-length victory over 2-to-5 favorite Indyanne in the $75,000 Sausalito Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, giving trainer Steve Sherman his first stakes victory. Sherman went out on his own in 2008 after serving as an assistant trainer to his father, Art, for many years. Art was the trainer of record for all of Siren Lure's previous 32 starts.

“It’s exciting,” said Steve Sherman of his maiden stakes win. “I saddled many stakes winners for my father but it’s great to get my first one.” The victory was Siren Lure’s first since Aug. 20, 2006, when he captured the Pat O’Brien Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Del Mar.

A stone cold stretch-runner, Siren Lure received a great set up in the six-furlong Sausalito as four horses, including Indyanne, battled for the lead through fractions of 21.37 and 44.23.

Indyanne, a 3-year-old filly facing male rivals for the first time and making her first start since Oct. 4, was a little too aggressive early, according to jockey Russell Baze.

“She was a little too fresh today,” said Baze of Indyanne, who lost for only the second time in seven starts. “We had planned to let the other speed go and sit behind them but she wouldn’t have it. I tried to ease her back but she wanted no part of that.

“We were caught up in a speed duel and it set up for Siren Lure,” continued Baze. “Take nothing away from that horse – he ran a big race. My filly ran hard to the wire and he caught us.”

Frank Alvarado rode Siren Lure, who stopped the timer in 1:09.40 and paid $12.60 as the second choice in the wagering.

“I just wanted to keep my horse outside and out of trouble,” said Alvarado. “From the three-sixteenths pole to the wire he was just flying. I mean he was rolling. I thank Steve for giving me the chance to ride this horse. It’s his first stakes win and I’m glad I was a part of it.”

Siren Lure is a 7-year-old gelding owned in partnership by Stuart Kesselman and Tony and Marilyn Melkonian. The Sausalito victory was worth $45,000 and increased Siren Lure’s earnings to $913,844.


CasinoDiva said...

Hi Mary! It's Cary. I just googled Siren Lure to print articles for Steve's scrapbook! It was an exciting day! Hope to talk to you soon!

Anonymous said...

Steve Sherman rocks!

Mark Wayman
The Godfather of Las Vegas

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