Weekend update

It’s been quite the week for Mike Stidham, what with a birthday, another nice winner and a job well done with a first-time starter for the stable looking for a bit of black-type.

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So near and yet so far…

I Dazzle’s bid to see the year out with a victory in the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Stakes may have only just been foiled, but Mike Stidham was nonetheless delighted with her performance.

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Weekend update

I Dazzle plans to see out what has already been a triumphant 2014 in the same triumphant style when she lines up in the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Stakes tomorrow at Fair Grounds.

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And the winners keep coming…

The fine one-two Mike Stidham enjoyed at the end of last week with Premura and Liberty Bond epitomized the start that Stidham has enjoyed at this current Fair Grounds meet: an absolute hum-dinger!

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Weekend update

The quintet of runners that Mike Stidham sends out over the next three days at Fair Grounds contains a couple of rather eye-catching newcomers in today.

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Fabulous four at Fair Grounds

The lightening start Mike Stidham has made at Fair Grounds this year has made Usain Bolt look like a beer-swigging, twinkie-eating couch-potato, and the two victories supplied by Fantasize and Toutsie Rules towards the end of last week was doubled when Squatty and Tough Business recorded their own fine wins over the weekend.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham has fairly sprinted out of the blocks at Fair Grounds this year, already sending out two winners in the last two days, thanks to Fantasize and Toutsie Rules’ gutsy performances. And he’s hoping that stable stalwart, Ground Transport, can continue that fine run of form when he lines up in the Swatara Stakes at Penn National today.

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Ground Transport on road to the Swatara

Thanksgiving it may be, but that doesn’t stop Mike Stidham from sending out a whole raft of runners this week, with entries far flung across the board.

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Weekend update

Let the games begin! The Fair Grounds winter meet kicks off today, and Mike Stidham is aiming to leap onto the leader board quickly with a brace of entries both Saturday and Sunday.

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Fair Grounds here we come…

The colored beads have been fished out of the Stidham closet and the Mardi Gras costumes have been given a dusting off in anticipation of the start of the winter racing season at Fair Grounds this Friday – a meet in which the trainer has always been a major force.

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Weekend update

Small but select would be the apt description of Mike Stidham’s platoon of runners this weekend, what with only three strings to his bow over the next few days, two of which point towards some tasty stake races.

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Indygo almost goes in at Remington

The weekend may have drawn a blank on the winners front for Mike Stidham, but the horses by and large performed well – especially Indygo Bo, who finished runner-up in the $50,000 Razorback Futurity at Remington Park on Saturday.

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Weekend update

Fresh from his 1500 career wins milestone earlier this week, Mike Stidham sends out four runners over the next three days, including Indygo Bo in a listed stake at Remington Park.

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1500 career wins and counting…

The race may have fallen on a quiet afternoon at one of California’s less star-studded tracks, but when Star’s Woman passed the post first in the maiden special weight at Golden Gate this past Sunday, the victory was of monumental importance to Mike Stidham and all who have supported him throughout his 35-year career, for it marked his 1,500th career victory as a trainer.

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Her Emmynency out of Breeders’ Cup

Her Emmynency, one of Mike Stidham’s leading lights this year, is out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf having been struck down with colitis.

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1498 and counting…

Now a mere two victories away from a momentous career haul of 1,500 wins, Mike Stidham is poised with bated breath should the milestone arrive this weekend from any of his four runners at Keeneland – and as usual, his girls are leading the dance.

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Stellaris stars again

Grade I Del Mar Oaks runner-up Stellaris is seeking sweet redemption for that narrow defeat in the Grade III Pin Oak Valley View Stakes at Keeneland this Friday.

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Weekend update

After the high-octane fireworks of last weekend, when Her Emmynency staked her claim for Breeders’ Cup glory with an award winning performance in the Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita, this weekend promises something a little more sobering as Mike Stidham prepares to saddle only three runners spread between Keeneland and Hawthorne.

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Breeders’ Cup for Her Emmynency

All roads lead to Rome, they say – well, in Her Emmynency’s case, the road she’s currently traveling is headed for a climactic collision-course with the very best of her generation in the Breeders’ Cup on October 31 after her scintillating win in the Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita today.

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Weekend update

On a sun-splashed balmy Wednesday morning this week at Santa Anita, Her Emmynency, her coat a gleaming shade of walnut, was on her way to the paddock for schooling when I asked Mike Stidham assistant Chris Davis how she’ll fair in the Surfer Girl Stakes on Sunday. His response: “Winner, winner, chicken dinner.”

And with so many of Stidham’s sharpest arrows aimed at multiple big prizes this weekend, optimism is high and chickens run scared as the Stidham stable sits poised on the edge of one of it’s most important few days this season.

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Adieu Arlington Park…

J. M. Barrie once wrote: “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” While that sentiment has more than an element of truth to it, Mike Stidham would argue to the contrary as he packs his belongings and prepares to leave Arlington Park for another year happy to reflect upon and remember yet another triumphant summer spent at Chicago’s feted racecourse.

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Weekend Update

Mike Stidham is preparing to bid a fond farewell to Arlington for another year with runners scheduled each day of the track’s closing weekend.

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Song to You sings for Smokin' Joe

Song to You proved a rare winner for Mike Stidham at Los Alamitos Racetrack in Southern California, when he showed admirable nerve and audacity to prevail by a nose in the optional claimer yesterday.

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Weekend update

Stormdriver’s dogged win today at Arlington on his debut performance for Mike Stidham sets the stable up nicely for the weekend, with the trainer going bi-coastal in his pursuit for more winners.

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Hooray for Hubbala

Hubbala Hubbala finally earned a much deserved win picture yesterday when breaking her maiden for Mike Stidham in gritty fashion at Arlington.

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Weekend update

Stellaris looks to be the shining star of a relatively quiet few days of action for the Mike Stidham stable this weekend when she aims to leave a mark much longer than a lipstick stain on the Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington on Saturday.

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No doubt about Notte d’Oro

Mike Stidham’s Notte d’Oro continued her marked ascent up horse racing hill with an imperious performance in a nice allowance at Churchill Downs yesterday.

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Weekend update

Fresh from yet another unforgettable weekend of stake race action, Mike Stidham is armed and ready to continue the trend with a whole batallion of runners all over the joint this weekend.

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Eminently close to Grade I glory

So near and yet so far was the adage most widely chanted around the Mike Stidham barn in the wake of the Grade I Debutante Stakes at Del Mar Saturday after Her Emmynency ran the race of a lifetime to finish a neck second in one of the toughest two-year-old races run anywhere this season.

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Weekend update

As Del Mar draws to a close for another year, Mike Stidham is gearing up to go out with a bang as he saddles Her Emmynency for one of the meeting’s grand finales – the Grade I Del Mar Debutante Stakes.

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Weekend update

Bobblehead by name, hard-headed by nature, Mike Stidham’s latest exciting young recruit cast off his maiden tag in convincing fashion yesterday – a win that sets the weekend up nicely for the stable.

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Stellaris fine second in Oaks

She might not have claimed the victor’s crown, but Stellaris wreathed herself in glory nonetheless when finishing second in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks at the weekend for Mike stidham.

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Istanford makes hay in Sandy Blue

Istanford’s winning ways continue unabated after another demolition job of her rivals in yet another feature race at Del Mar today, proving beyond doubt that the salubrious sea air of the beautiful California track is more than a fine fit for Mike Stidham’s stable standard-bearer.

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Helen Kathleen a name to remember

At the end of another solid weekend of action, Helen Kathleen left with the MVP award from the Mike Stidham stable with another resounding victory at Arlington.

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Wekend update

A one-two finish in the first race at Arlington yesterday sets Mike Stidham’s weekend up nicely, his flagship runner being Every Way in a Grade II at Del Mar.

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I Dazzle dazzles in Louisiana

Another day, another stake win for Mike Stidham as I Dazzle stormed back to form in tenacious fashion over the weekend – one of two victories for the stable.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham’s runners are dotted all over the country this weekend, with four runners at three different tracks over the next two days, one of which is in a stake race.

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Weekend update

After the fireworks of last weekend, when Mike Stidham sent out the winners of four races, including the Grade II San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar and the listed Duchess Stakes at Woodbine, Stidham heads into this weekend with a decidedly more subdued approach.

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Istanford star of dazzling weekend

Istanford’s rip-roaring display in one of the feature races at Del Mar this weekend was the highlight of an unforgettable weekend of action for Mike Stidham.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham sends a four-pronged attack on major stakes this weekend, with runners at four different tracks in two different countries.

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Arlington double

Mike Stidham enjoyed another successful weekend after sending out two winners from a grand total of two runners at Arlington yesterday.

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Weekend update

This weekend is more about quality than quantity for Mike Stidham, as half of the six runners he’s preparing to saddle are in stake races.

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Weekend update

Brown Almighty started the ball rolling in the best possible fashion with a win at Arlington yesterday as Mike Stidham is set to saddle a total of seven horses over July 4th weekend.

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Jessica's Star lights up Prairie Meadows

Jessica’s Star continued his rapid ascent up the ladder with another taking performance for Mike Stidham in the Iowa Derby Saturday.

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Weekend update

Fighter Squadron’s victory yesterday ensures that Mike Stidham is heading into another busy weekend with all guns-abalzing.

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Abundantly clear of the rest

Abundantly Clear recorded her first win of the season on another solid weekend of action for the Mike Stidham stable.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham is poised for a busy weekend across the country, and his headline act is I Dazzle, who is set to line up in the Opelousas Stakes at Evangeline Downs Saturday.

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Weekend update

This weekend, two of Mike Stidham’s most exciting young fillies are gunning for stake race glory, one of whom is Istanford, fresh from her scintillating victory in the Grade III Arlington Classic last time out.

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Every Way just pipped for stake success

Every Way’s narrow eclipse in the Minnesota H.B.P.A. Distaff Stakes at Canterbury Park epitomized a frustrating weekend for Mike Stidham, with a number of his horses producing fine performances without quite making the winners circle.

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Weekend update

Football player Jack Youngblood once said that good luck is the residue of preparation. If that’s true, then Mike Stidham’s preparations prior to the current Arlington meet must have been impeccable given his recent scorching run of form. And the fun looks set to continue this weekend, with three of his stable stars set to compete in a number of big races throughout the nation.

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Jessica star of another sparkling weekend for Stidham

The Mike Stidham stable is hotter than the hinges of Hades at present, and his sensational run of form continued unabated over the weekend with three winners throughout the nation – Jessica’s Star was the undisputed headline act after a thrilling victory in the Prairie Mile Stakes Saturday.

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Istanford produces classic performance at Arlington

The winners keep flooding in at Arlington for Mike Stidham, and another memorable weekend was capped by Istanford’s sublime win in the Arlington Classic Stakes on Saturday – the first leg of the Mid-America Triple series on the grass, for three-year-olds.

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Triple delight for Stidham

While the headlines over the weekend were all about the Triple Crown chances of Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, the number three was also a significant number for Mike Stidham over the same period, as a result of the Arlington based trainer sending out a sensational triple-header of winners at the Chicago track.

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Weekend update

There are three constants to the start to this years Arlington Park meet: the sun continues to glitter over the racetrack, the flowers in the infield are still daubed in a riot of color, and Mike Stidham maintains his extraordinarily rich vein of form after another successful week – an omen that bodes well for the impeding weekend action.

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Stidham sits second

Mike Stidham has been fast out of the blocks at Arlington this season, and another double over the weekend has catapulted him into second place on the trainers’ standing.

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Ground Transport freight train rolls on

Ground Transport’s sensational win at Belmont Park today was the jewel in the crown of an unforgettable weekend of action for the Stidham stable.

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Keeneland conquerer

The winners have been coming thick and fast at Keeneland for Mike Stidham, with two winners from only a handful of runners over the past three days.

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Stellaris out of this world

Mike Stidham looks to have another nice young filly on his hands after Stellaris romped to victory at Keeneland over the weekend.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham is making the most of his brief Keeneland sojourn with a strong squadron of runners this weekend.

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Weekend update

With Fair Grounds done and dusted for another year, the band wagon rolls onto Keeneland where Mike Stidham has a trifecta of runners this weekend, including one of his more exciting young fillies, Istanford, in one of Keeneland’s signature races.

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Summer sizzler on the cards

The curtain has been drawn and Fair Grounds is over for another year, but Mike Stidham hitches up the wagons satisfied with another solid showing at the Louisiana racetrack. Stidham ends the meet in eighth place on the trainers standings with a noteworthy $704,646 in total earnings. What is more, Stidham’s runners finished in the first three over fifty percent of the time – no mean feat at such a competitive venue.

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Weekend update

As the curtain is poised to be drawn for the very last time this current meet at Fair Grounds, Mike Stidham intends to bow out with all guns ablazing with a total of six runners today and tomorrow at Fair Grounds, and another runner at Hawthorne Sunday.

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Sensational Saturday for Stidham

As Saturdays go, they don’t come much better than the one just passed for Mike Stidham, as it yielded a sensational stake-race double for his-in form stable.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham might have only four arrows to his bow this weekend, but two of them are pointed towards nice stake races at Fair Grounds and Laurel Park.

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Sanculpa surges to victory

On a relatively quiet weekend for Mike Stidham, he still enjoyed a nice winner when Sanculpa showed himself to be a horse with a bright future when charging to victory on only his second racecourse appearance.

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June blossoms in March

Jenny June provided the highlight on another solid weekend of action for the Mike Stidham stable.

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Dazzling debut for Stidham

On another good weekend for the Mike Stidham stable, I Dazzle proved to be the headline act when she made a winning debut for the stable at Fair Grounds on Saturday.

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Weekend update

The weekend is shaping up to be an exciting few days for the Stidham stable with a runners across three different states. Headline billing is shared between Brown Eyes Blue, Every Way and Kids Rule, all three of who line up in stakes races Saturday

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Weekend update

After a quiet few weeks on the big race front, Mike Stidham will have to dust off his best suit with Masquerade entered in the Bayou Handicap and Ground Transport scheduled to run in the Grade III Mineshaft Handicap, both at Fair Grounds.

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Rock On This music to Stidham's ears

Another weekend, another winner for the Mike Stidham stable, with Rock On This delivering the goods in the style of a veteran prizefighter.

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Weekend update

Compared to his usual weekend cavalcade, Mike Stidham has a relatively light few days ahead of him with five horses scheduled to run between now and Sunday, including one to keep an eye on: the racecourse bow of a potentially exciting Bernadini filly.

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Every Way to the winner’s circle

Mike Stidham got the week off to the best possible start when Every Way demolished the opposition today at Sam Houston.

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Weekend update

It’s all systems go this weekend for Mike Stidham as he prepares to field a total of eight runners split between Fair Grounds and Sam Houston.

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Kelly's defense impenetrable

A victory for In Kelly’s Defense Saturday proved the highlight of another solid weekend of action for the Stidham stable.

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Weekend update

Looking ahead to the next few days, Mike Stidham might lack the headline acts of previous weekends, but he still has a handful of interesting contenders to go to war with, a number of whom have already run fine races at Fair Grounds this winter meet.

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Lollipop and Ground Transport victorious

Wins for Lollipop and Ground Transport over the weekend capped another fine few days of action for Mike Stidham, continuing the good form of the barn since the new year rolled around.

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Weekend Update

Another weekend, another squadron of runners at Fair Grounds for Mike Stidham, with one or two horses either looking to work their way up the ladder or else hoping to capitalize upon slightly easier spots.

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Masquerade so nearly the belle of the ball

Masquerade very nearly registered her first black type victory when she finished an honorable second in the Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds over the weekend.

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Weekend update

Looking ahead at the weekend and Mike Stidham has a flurry of runners spread between Fair Grounds and Oaklawn Park, with the possibility of two runners in stakes races on Saturday.

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Brace of winners

Mike Stidham enjoyed a weekend to remember at Fair Grounds after his seven runners picked up two wins and three seconds.

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Weekend update

If idle hands do the devil’s work, then Mike Stidham should be half-way to sainthood after this weekend as he prepares to saddle no less than nine runners over the next three days – all at Fair Grounds.

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Lollipop a sweet start to the New Year

Lollipop started the New Year for the Mike Stidham stable in the best manner possible when he gamely held on for victory in the $20,000 claimer on the first day of racing at Fair Grounds in 2014.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham fields a triumvirate of runners this weekend as he bids to solidify the good start he’s made at the latest Fair Grounds winter meet.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham runs a brace of runners each of the next three days, including two of his stable’s standard bearers Saturday, both of whom are set to contest a couple of minor stakes.

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