The Stidham stable has finished its annual trek to Fair Grounds, in New Orleans. The horses are tucked safely into their homes for the next few months, and everyone in the barn is excited about a meet that promises to be a big one for the stable.
To say that Pin Oak Stable’s Synchrony has been a stable standard-bearer this year would do a disservice to the word understatement, and this fantastic horse again served up a performance of sheer quality and class this weekend to win the GIII Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park.
The Stidham stable didn’t fire out just the one winner this weekend. It didn’t fire out two winners. No, from only three runners Saturday (and four the whole weekend long), Stidham Racing enjoyed an amazing three winners and one second place finish – for a 75 percent strike-rate! How’s that for smokin’ hot!
It’s a bit of a quiet weekend for the stable, as the nation gears up for its July 4 holiday. But before we look ahead to the weekend entries, let’s look back at Simsbury, who broke his maiden in sensational fashion at Arlington last Sunday for owners Signal Hill Farms.
Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! What a long and wonderful weekend this has been! On Saturday, the admirable and brilliant Zipessa finally got the big win she’s long deserved with a fine victory for owners Empyrean Stables in the GI First Lady Stakes at Keeneland…
Before we get down to business here at Stidham racing, we would like to point out, once again, just how proud we are of assistant Hilary Pridham’s recent nomination in the second annual North American edition of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards!
On a memorable weekend for the stable, Stallion Heiress pulverized the opposition in the $50,000 Joseph E. Spanky Broussard Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds Saturday, proving, in no uncertain terms, that the cloud hanging over the barn these past few weeks is well and truly banished!
2016 will go down in history as a year that probably means something a little different to whoever you ask. But for Mike Stidham, and everybody who works for Stidham Racing, last year will be remembered for one thing, and one thing only: the great man’s finest year to date as a trainer.
New Orleans Lady’s victory at Arlington Saturday means that, with $940,790 in the kitty, Mike Stidham’s still atop the trainers table (based on prize money earned) with less than a month left of this summer’s meet at the Chicago track, meaning he’s still in line for his second straight trainer’s title!
The Stidham stable notched up two more victories at Arlington over the weekend, along with another fine performance by Zipessa in the Grade I Beverly D Stakes, all of which means that the name atop the trainer’s standings at the Chicago track still begins with an S and ends with an M.
Mike Stidham may have been bumped from first to second place on the trainer’s standings at Arlington over the weekend (though he sits just $8,000 shy of new leader Larry Rivelli’s prize money haul), it was another bonanza weekend of winners at the Chicago track for the barn!
Another magnificent week of action comprised a stake win for former Canadian Champion three-year-old filly Leigh Court alongside a number of fine performances, and the action on this Valentine’s Day weekend promises further fireworks as the form of the stable at present continues to sizzle!
The Stidam barn heads into the weekend still very much riding a high. Not only is the Stidham name still sitting atop the trainers’ standings at Louisiana’s premier track (with $218,140 in the kitty and an incredible 41 percent win strike-rate), but the winners keep rolling in as sure and steady as the Hurricanes being poured on Bourbon Street!
While the past few days have proven frustrating for the Stidham barn–plenty of horses running well and knocking on the door, though not quite managing to get their heads in front–but hopes are high that the flood-gates will open with a host of runners at the end of the week.
After Her Emmynency passed the post first in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland Saturday, Mike Stidham was being interviewed by TVG when he saw the lights flash indicating an objection to the winner – Her Emmynency and the runner-up Miss Temple City had been involved in a bit of scrimmaging turning for home.
Stidham’s heart sank.
The inimitable Zubi Zubi Zu and Brother Wayne produced a nice across the card double for the Stidham stable yesterday. And hopes are high that the good form continues today – especially with barn standard-bearer Her Emmynency going for the biggest win of her career today at Keeneland.