It’s never fun finishing second. But if you do have to play bridesmaid, at least do it valiantly, and in that regard Stidham’s two big race runners over the weekend showered themselves with glory.
At Belmont Park today, Pixelate is one of eight to line up in the G1 $250,000 Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes, in a bid to follow-up on his rollicking G2 win last time. But before we take a look at his chances, let’s take a look at a brace of wins this week for the barn.
After a fantastic couple of days of action last week, when the Stidham barn picked up a couple of fantastic Grade Two victories courtesy of Pixelate and Mystic Guide for Godolphin, the same connection’s Micheline produced a career-best performance on Wednesday to claim the $500,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Oaks at Kentucky Downs.
The stable has suffered a touch of second-itis this week (two seconds out of two runners yesterday at Belmont Park!), but we’ll be hoping to correct that this weekend with a great few days of action headlined by Synchrony’s star turn in the $150,000 G2 Fort Marcy Stake at Belmont Park.
Here at Stidham Racing, we’ve said time and time again that we wouldn’t have had nearly the level of success we’ve had for so long without the incredible work put in by our tremendous team of staff.
And so, we’ve decided it’s time that you, our loyal supporters, got to know the folks toiling tirelessly behind the scenes.
To do this, we thought it would be cool to put the team through a Q&A as a “getting to know you” exercise. Our latest victim is assistant trainer, Francisco Serrano!
The Stidham stable has enjoyed a couple of nice winners these past few days at Tampa Bay Downs, including a rewarding victory indeed for Channel Surfer, owned by e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Magic Cap Stables, and having his first start for nearly 20 months.
With the country still largely on shut-down thanks to Covid-19, there’s very little live racing at the moment, understandably, with the exception of a handful of tracks. That includes Tampa Bay Downs, where the stable’s Volador was a nice winner the end of last week.
The ol’ black gold is one of the foundational pillars of this great country, so it’s only right that the Black Gold Stakes is one of the foundational pillars of the action at Fair Grounds this weekend, in which the stable’s Pixelate is a leading contender.
Yeah, yeah – you’ve been hearing this a lot, lately, haven’t you – what a great few days for the stable! But it really has been, thanks to an amazing stake-race double for Godolphin. Their home-bred 2-year-old filly, Alms, showed a great turn of foot to claim the $150,000 G3 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park Saturday, while Albert Park showed himself to be a talented juvenile indeed when prevailing in the $100,000 Fitz Dixon, Jr. Memorial Juvenile Stakes today at Presque Isle Downs.
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!