Set single-season Oaklawn record with 61 victories in 2019
M and M Racing (the husband/wife team of Mike and Mickala Sisk) captured the leading owner title for the third consecutive year, making twenty-seven trips to the Oaklawn winners circle in 2020. Special Relativity would capture the American Beauty Stakes after finishing second in the Pippin. The stable would finish out the year ranked fourth by wins and fifteenth by earnings on the national level.
They shattered Oaklawn’s single-season owner’s record for victories (61) and purse earnings ($1,782,351) in 2019. Arkansan Dan Lasater set the previous record for victories (48) in 1974, the same year he captured his first of three consecutive Eclipse Awards as the country’s outstanding owner. Zayat Stables set the previous record for purse earnings ($1,275,541) in 2015.
Broke Lasater’s record with four victories on April 7, the 43rd day of the 57-day meeting. Lasater won 48 races during the 50-day meeting in 1974.
M and M employee three trainers at Oaklawn Robertino Diodoro, Karl Broberg, and Norman McKnight.
Top horses campaigned in 2019 included Special Relativity, who finished third in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (G1) Aug. 24 at Saratoga.
M and M Racing won 21 races at the 2018 Oaklawn meeting to grab its first career owner’s title, unseating four-time defending champion Danny Caldwell.
Mike Sisk, who grew up in west Tennessee, was a longtime racing fan before turning to ownership approximately three years ago.
M and M’s racing manager is Cody Autrey, who won Oaklawn’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds in 2014 as the trainer of Tanzanite Cat.
The Sisks own the Low T Center chain of low-testosterone treatment facilities across the country.
The Sisks have a house on Lake Hamilton and spend much of their time there in the summer and during the Oaklawn racing season. Mike Sisk became interested in ownership after meeting Autrey when Sisk began building his lake home about five years ago.
M and M considers Oaklawn its “home track.” M and M’s Oaklawn silks – emerald green and white – have “Hot Springs, AR” etched across the front and back.