Ingrid Mason became the second female trainer in Oaklawn history to reach 100 career victories when Redneck Attack won the ninth race March 22, according to Equibase, horse racing's official data gathering organization.
Mason started her first horse in Hot Springs in 2010 and Redneck Attack represented her 13th victory at the meet. The only female trainer with more career Oaklawn victories is Lynn Chleborad, who had 120 through Sunday.
“That is awesome,” Mason said. “I love it. I've got a great team the last two years. I'm very grateful. It's all part of the team.”
Mason made an immediate splash at Oaklawn, winning 9 of 21 starts with a modest five-horse stable at the 2010 meeting. Among those who had encouraged her to try Oaklawn was owner Coby Tresner, whose Crook's Bodgit represented Mason's first local winner Jan. 17, 2010. Crook's Bodgit had given Mason her first career stakes victory in the $100,000 Star of Texas Dec. 5, 2009, at Sam Houston Race Park.
“Never thought I would be in Arkansas,” Mason said. “Now I'm buying a house. Go figure. Go from California to Florida to Arkansas.”
A former jockey, Mason grew up in northern California and saddled her first winner Feb. 26, 2005, at the now-defunct Bay Meadows in suburban San Francisco. She is best known for her work with multiple stakes winners Sarah Sis and Marquee Miss after picking both out for $20,000 at the OBS June sale on behalf of owner Joe Ragsdale.
Sarah Sis gave Mason her first career graded stakes victory in the $150,000 Honeybee (G3) for 3-year-old fillies in 2015 at Oaklawn. Marquee Miss won the $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes and $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes for 3-year-old fillies in 2016 at Oaklawn.
Mason has approximately 25 horses in training at Oaklawn, with significant other Mike Waters (Muddy Waters Stables LLC) now her major client. Waters campaigned Redneck Attack, who was claimed out of his victory for $12,500.
“This is absolutely the best meet I've had here,” Mason said. “Like I said, I've got a great team.”
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