Welcome to the website of Mike Stidham, one of the nation’s leading racehorse trainers. For over thirty-five years, Stidham has shown himself to be one of those rare trainers capable of coaxing the very best from the horses in his care, while always keeping their health and wellbeing at the forefront of his concerns. And the results speak for themselves. In 2013, he finished the season with 77 wins on the board and $2,811,038 in overall prize-money, earning him a spot on the very cusp of the top 50 trainers in the country. The year prior, Stidham’s finally tally saw him finish in 38th spot on the trainer’s standings with 82 wins and $3,274,434 in earnings. Year in, year out, Stidham’s results reveal a shrewd and canny handler with a keen eye for finding the right spots for his horses. Underlying those results, however, is a more fundamental factor in Stidham’s continued success: his rare understanding of the racehorse and his intuitive ability to know when to forge on with a horse and when to give it the time that it needs to mature. These talents combined are a potent mix, and they’re the reason why Stidham is one of the most revered and prolific trainers in the nation.



April 1, 2014

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. 

A number of performances have made this meet a memorable one for Stidham, none more so than I Dazzle’s head-turning display in the Red Camelia Stakes a few weekends ago. Grounds Transport also indicated that, now four, he’s ready to start fulfilling the immense promise that Stidham knew he was capable of when setting up his victory in the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes at Laurel Park with a nice confidence boosting win at Fair Grounds back in January. The younger brigade have also contributed well to the overall success of the stable, with the likes of Sanculpa proving that his is a name to remember in the upcoming months. 

Stidham now makes his annual pilgrimage north with the bulk of his string to Keeneland for their short spring meet, where I Dazzle is set to make her reappearance in the Grade III Bewitch Stakes. Then, before the month is out, Stidham will forge on to Arlington for the summer. He will also maintain a small string at Churchill Downs and another at Hawthorne. With the string in such fine heart at present, and with the mercury on the rise, this summer promises to be a sizzler for the Stidham stable.



Grade one:
Sutra – Frizette Stakes, 2006
Two Altazano – Coaching Club American Oaks, 1994

Grade two:
Willcox Inn – American Derby, 2011
Workin For Hops – American Derby, 2010
Tizaqueena – Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes, 2009
Two Altazano – Fantasy Stakes, 1994
Two Altazano – Monmouth Oaks, 1994

Grade three:
Willcox Inn – Washington Park Handicap, 2013
Upperline – Arlington Matron Stakes, 2012
Upperline – Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes, 2012
Willcox Inn – Hawthorne Derby, 2011
Gran Estreno – Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap, 2011
Workin For Hops – Hanshin Cup Handicap, 2011
Gran Estreno – Washington Park Handicap, 2010
Tizaqueena – Arlington Matron Stakes, 2010
Comedero – Chick Lang S. presented by Apple Ford, 2010
Upperline – Arlington Oaks, 2010
Gran Estreno – Washington Park Handicap, 2009
Texas Fever – Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes, 2009
Whimsy – Iowa Oaks, 2005
Culinary – Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes, 2004
Where’s Taylor – Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap, 2000
Desert Air - Razorback Handicap, 1999
Manzotti – Canterbury Cup Handicap, 1988
Manzotti – Trenton Handicap, 1988
Manzotti – John B. Campbell Handicap, 1988