Week ahead…

It was a case of so close and yet so far for Stidham at the weekend, when Pin Oak Stable’s Synchrony finished a half-a-length second in the Henry S. Clark Stakes at Laurel Park.

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More stakes success?

With Euroboss lining up in the GIII Whimsical Stakes tomorrow, Mike Stidham’s bidding for another stake winner at Woodbine to accompany R Naja’s rousing victory last weekend in the Star Shoot Stakes.

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R Naja nails it at Woodbine!

DARRS Inc’s R Naja proved a doughty winner of the $100,000 Star Shoot Stakes at Woodbine yesterday!

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Rapid Rhythm for the stake race four-timer?

Big weekend for the Stidham stable, with Rapid Rhythm looking for a fourth stakes victory in a row in the Giant’s Causeway Stakes at Keeneland today, and R Naja shooting for the stars tomorrow in the Star Shoot Stakes at Woodbine.

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Heart Stopping!

The worthy old lion, Heart Stopper, ran out a fine winner today at Hawthorne, proving that age holds no bounds for him, and proving too that the Stidham stable is in super shape at present!

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Over for another year…

Taking into account the equine herpes issues that have bedeviled the Stidham stable this Fair Grounds winter meet (when many of the horses were quarantined, unable to run for some five weeks), the barn has wrapped up the meeting in incredible fashion!

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Friday double!

The Stidham stable gallops into the weekend – where barn stalwart Jockamo’s Song seeks to retain his crown in the Costa Rising Stakes at Fair Grounds tomorrow – with an across the card double today.

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Wins galore!

While the Stidham stable drew a rare blank over the weekend, last week proved rich pickings for the red-hot outfit.

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Synchrony clicks at Fair Grounds!

Pin Oak Stable hit the board at Fair Grounds yesterday, when Synchrony proved a comfortable winner under jockey Mitchell Murrill.

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One Last winning Shot!

Emerging racing superpower Speedway Stables enjoyed a nice winner at Fair Grounds Thursday when One Last Shot toughed out a close margin victory under Robby Albarado.

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Stallion Heiress a future star!

The latest exciting young big winner to come out of the Stidham yard proved to be Stallion Enterprises’ Stallion Heiress, the victor of the $50,000 Allen Black Cat LaCombe Memorial Overnight Stakes at Fair Grounds over the weekend.

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Stallion Heiress starring!

Stallion Heiress is the star of the Stidham pack this weekend, when Stallionaire Enterprises’ exciting young filly will line up in the $50,000 Allen Black Cat LaCombe Memorial Overnight Stakes at Fair Grounds today.

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Flying high!

Despite his heavily curtailed meet this winter at Fair Grounds due to the equine herpes virus, Mike Stidham is still flying high on the trainers standings at the Louisiana track.

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Jockamo’s Song strikes right note!

Jockamo’s Song is enjoying a rare old time of it at Fair Grounds this winter, and another victory this week takes his total to two wins, two stake race seconds in four starts at the Louisiana track these past few months.

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Rapid Mardi Gras celebration!

Robert Evans’ flying wunder-mare Rapid Rhythm made it five-from-five on the Fair Grounds turf, when rallying to a sublime win in yesterday’s Mardi Gras Stakes under James Graham.

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Weekend update

After a rip-roaring few weeks for the Stidham barn, this weekend is a tad more quiet, with a handful of runners at Fair Grounds spread over the two days.

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To the double!

The Stidham stable is really riding a wave of success at the moment, and the barn enjoyed a fine double at Fair Grounds Saturday.

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Arbol more than able!

On only her second start, Arbol proved a young filly with a big heart when winning at Fair Grounds today.

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Heiress claims the Spanky!

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!

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Heiress going for the Spanky!

Stallion Heiress is one of five (after scratches) to line up in the Joseph E. Spanky Broussard Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds today.

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Picking up steam…

The Stidham stable is really picking up steam again, with a host of entries later in the week at Fair Grounds and Sam Houston.

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Two tomorrow!

The Stidham stable goes to war this weekend with a brace of runners at Fair Grounds.

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Alabama Slim pitch perfect!

The Stidham stable enjoyed a welcome winner at Fair Grounds on Saturday, when Benjamin Trask’s Alabama Slim responded well under a finely judged ride by Mitchell Murrill.

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Weekend update

With Fair Grounds still in the grips of the equine herpes virus, here’s the latest from the Stidham stable.

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Three over the weekend…

After a good second yesterday with Thad Ackel’s Lou at Fair Grounds, the Stidham stable continues to emergence from the equine herpes virus crisis at the Louisiana track…

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One weekend runner

With one runner scheduled for tomorrow, the Stidham stable is slowly emerging from the equine herpes virus that has troubled the barn (as well as a number of others at Fair Grounds) in recent weeks.

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Review of a great 2016!

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.

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An amazing year almost over…

An early happy New Year from Stidham Racing, which is hoping to see out an already outstanding 2016 with a bang!

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Going out with a bang!

A very happy holidays from everyone at Stidham Racing!

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Proforma sweet in Sugar Bowl!

DARRS, Inc’s Proforma is a young horse fast on the improve, judging by his scintillating performance in the $50,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds over the weekend.

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Stake race extravaganza!

Feast or famine? It’s definitely feast time for the Stidham stable, with each one of Stidham’s possible runners tomorrow at Fair Grounds lining up in a stake race.

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Double strike?

Stallionaire Enterprises has another exciting sort on its hands in the shape of Stallion Heiress – a four-length winner on her debut earlier this week at Fair Grounds.

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Lightening start!

Another weekend, another batch of winners and 100 winners for the season – the Stidham stable is cooking on gas at the moment!

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Who’s a Super Star?

Dare to Dream Stable’s Sheza Super Star made quite the impression Thursday at Hawthorne to make her racecourse bow a winning one, under jockey Carlos Montalvo.

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Trainer on fire!

Mike Stidham has broken from the gates at the start of the latest Fair Grounds winter season like a scalded cat, with five wins on the board already.

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Busy, busy, busy!

The action comes thick and fast this weekend, with a slew of runners from the Stidham stable all over the joint.

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Moonlight magic!

Midnight Moonlight proved a ray of sunshine for the Stidham stable over the weekend, with a commanding win at Fair Grounds that marked Stidham’s first win of the season at the Louisiana track.

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You can’t afford to miss this stable update!

The Fair Grounds winter 2016-2017 meet kicks off tomorrow! And the gloves are off as reigning training champ Mike Stidham is looking to win back-to-back titles at the track.

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Ms Advisor sets the record straight!

After the fireworks of Breeders’ Cup weekend, the aftermath was always going to feel a little anti-climactic. But don’t get too down in the mouth –  the silver lining of the annual winter meet at Fair Grounds hovers just days away!

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Proud of Zipessa

She may not have provided her trainer with his maiden Breeders’ Cup victory, but Zipessa still did her connections proud with a fine fifth place finish in the $2 million GI Breeders’ Cup Fillies and Mares Turf Saturday.

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Zipessa on Breeders’ Cup duty!

As promised yesterday, we’re giving fans of Stidham Racing an exclusive insight into Zipessa’s chances in tomorrow’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup GI Fillies and Mares Turf, at Santa Anita.

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Breeders’ Cup, here we come!

The Stidham stable is counting down the minutes until the Saturday of this year’s Breeders’ Cup, when Empyrean Stables’ Zipessa lines up in the $2 million GI Fillies and Mares Turf. Exciting times ahead!

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Weekend action…

The weekend may be short on stake race action for the Stidham barn, but there’s still plenty to whet the whistle for fans of the stable.

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The week ahead…

After a relatively quiet weekend for Stidham Racing (by the barn’s usual standards), this week cranks it up a notch, with a slew of entries all over the map.

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Stidham soars on trainers standing nationally…

While much of the Stidham stable is busy settling into its environs at Fair Grounds, in old Bayou country, many of their counterparts are doing their bit over in Keeneland to keep the summer of Stidham success going.

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Every Moment a winning one!

Pin Oak Stud’s Every Moment hit the bullseye at the third time of asking over the weekend, drawing away to win by nearly five lengths in a well-endowed Maiden Special Weight at Keeneland.

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Secret First Lady?

Tomorrow, Secret Someone will bid to cap an extraordinary season already with victory in the $400,000 Grade I First Lady Stakes at Keeneland.

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Zippy Zipessa going for GI Gold!

During a glittering card featuring some fantastic races and some fantastic horses at Santa Anita today, Stidham’s Zipessa lines up as favorite in the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes.

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End of Arlington!

The summer meet at Arlington park has come to an end for another year, and while Mike Stidham finished runner-up in the trainer’s title, he was a runaway winner when it came to prize-money earned.

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Weekend update

Second last time out in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint Stakes, Rapid Rhythm leads the Stidham stable charge this weekend in the $60,000 Oakley Stakes at Laurel Park.

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Lucky Lu Lu!

Princess Lu Lu enjoyed quite the coronation on her racecourse debut today, showing great tenacity under jockey Carlos Marquez Jr. to knuckle out a win at Arlington – a first win, too, for owner Rick Kanter’s Stallionaire Enterprises!

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Diadura a diamond!

Diadura absolutely trounced the field in Saturday’s Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes at Arlington, in the process maintaining Stidham’s recent blistering run of form.

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Sweetbaby a treat for Kraft Payson

On her first start for the Stidham stable, Sweetbaby proved a tasty little treat at Arlington yesterday, breaking her maiden for legendary owner Virginia Kraft Payson.

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Someone very special!

Owner-breeders Mt. Brilliant Farms’ Secret Someone won the $350,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes Saturday, and He’s a Dandy Candy did the business at Arlington, during a weekend to remember for the Stidham barn!

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What a Trier!

New Trier, a two-year-old filly by Holy Roman Emperor who was running in the UK at the beginning of the season, broke her maiden in fine style on her first Stateside start, for owners Old Sangreal Racing.

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A real Lady!

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!

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More Godolphin gold!

The gorgeously bred two-year-old filly Lapinski made a winning debut for Godolphin yesterday at Arlington, further reinforcing the fine relationship Stidham has forged this year with the powerhouse stable.

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A winning trifecta!

The stable’s white-hot winning streak has continued unabated this week, with a couple of wins at Arlington, and a nice winner at Saratoga today.

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On the double!

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.

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Stidham’s Beverly three!

Mike Stidham isn’t known for doing things by half measures, and so it proves tomorrow, when he sends out not one, not two, but three shots at the Grade I Beverly D Stakes at Arlington.

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Sunday double delight!

Another great weekend for the Stidham stable sees the barn consolidate its lead at the head of the trainer’s table at Arlington in terms of money won. Stidham (with 33 wins on the board) is now roughly $70,000 ahead of Larry Rivelli, his nearest pursuer.

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Diadura does it nicely!

She didn’t get the best of breaks from the gate, but that didn’t stop Stidham’s new-comer, Diadura, from making a splash on her racecourse bow, skipping clear under Carlos Marquez Jr. to win by a length-and-a-half today at Arlington.

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Cannes a hit!

Things are getting tight at the head of the trainer’s table at Arlington, with Mike Stidham still leading the way with $658,118 in the kitty.

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Royal North…up north!

It’s the Grade III Royal North Stakes up at Woodbine on Sunday, and Rapid Rhythm lines up for Mike stidham, with the excellent Emma-Jayne Wilson on board.

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Circle a Dear!

She won by nearly nine lengths on her racecourse debut at Arlington last month, and tomorrow Forest Circle bids to make another big impression in the $125,000 My Dear Stakes at Woodbine.

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Weekend double!

Another good weekend for the Stidham stable at Arlington means that Stidham’s still the one at the head of the trainer’s table at the Chicago track.

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Six easily a one!

Mike Stidham and Mt. Brilliant Farm look to have on their hands a young filly with a bright future ahead of her in Watch Your Six – an impressive winner on her debut today at Arlington.

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Full Tap, full on!

Full Tap proved a fine winner for the Stidham stable during a weekend when the majority of the barn’s arsenal hit the dart-board without quite hitting the bulls-eye!

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Modesty and the Derby!

After the July 4 fireworks of earlier in the week, when Zipessa landed the Grade III $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes at Parx Racing, the Stidham stable is plotting more dazzling displays, with runners in two of the weekend’s biggest races.

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Zipessa zips to graded stakes victory!

Zipessa made this fourth of July an unforgettable one for the Stidham stable when she landed the $200,000 Grade III Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes at Parx Racing!

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Ducat does it for DARRS!

The Stidham stable enjoyed a nice winner this week, when Ducat, a two-year-old gelding by Exchange Rate owned by DARRS, made his first foray onto a racecourse of an afternoon a winning one under jockey Alex Birzer.

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Weekend update…

Another typically busy weekend of action for the Stidham stable potentially has a bearing on a head-to-head battle at the head of the trainer’s table at Arlington.

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Very Special Someone

The five-year-old A.P. Indy mare Secret Someone made a first start a winning one for the Stidham stable when running away with the Lady Canterbury Stakes at Canterbury Park Sunday.

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What an Angel!

Michael Faber’s Dare to Dream stable had a nice winner yesterday at Arlington when Kara’a Angel claimed her second career win under jockey Mitchell Murrill.

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Sunset a ray of sunshine!

The Stidham barn enjoyed a nice winner at Churchill Downs on Sunday, when Sunset Knoll led gate-to-wire to record her second career victory.

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Weekend update!

Tapanna started the weekend for the Stidham stable in the best possible way with a fast finishing flourish today at Arlington.

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Heart stopping!

While snapping on the heels of the leading trainer at Arlington Park this summer season, the Stidham stable continues to churn out the winners, and the past weekend proved no exception to that rule.

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Kingston Queen!

Kingston Terrace is proving to be quite the queen of Arlington, with an imperious win yesterday that was her fifth overall at the Chicago venue – thus far!

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Winners galore!

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!

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Action, action, action!

There’s so much action to cover this weekend, without any further ado, I’ll simply get on with it!

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Sophie too swift!

Sophieshardtocatch lived up to her name when breaking her maiden in fine fashion at Arlington on Saturday.

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Weekend update…

While a certain big race unfolds at Pimlico today (good luck to all involved!), Stidham and co. will be at Arlington hoping to add to the eight victories already in the bag there.

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Leader of the pack…

With a 40 percent win strike rate, eight wins on the board and $121,950 in earnings already in the kitty, the Stidham barn is flying at present at Arlington – and the current summer meet there has been underway for less than two weeks!

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Early update!

An early weekend update here from Stidham racing, and there’s plenty to look forward to, especially as the Fair Grounds Champion trainer seeks to consolidate his early lead at the head of the standings at Arlington.

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Arlington begins with a bang!

Arlington’s summer season began last week, and surprise surprise, guess who’s wasted absolutely no time making their mark at the Chicago track?

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Hold on to your hats…

After a quiet week or two, the Stidham barn is back firing on all cylinders this weekend with batteries fully recharged and a number of stable big-guns locked, loaded and ready to roll.

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Tequila Joe a shot in the arm for Stidham

With the pre-Kentucky Derby hoopla centering on Keeneland at the moment, the Stidham stable has made sure its part of the action with a series of nice turns.

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Handful of runners…

The Stidham stable begins to pick up the pace again this week, with a handful of runners entered at Keeneland.

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Warrior battles to fine victory…

It’s been a rather quiet time of late for the Stidham stable. And this weekend will be no different, with no runners for Fair Grounds’ Champion Trainer.

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Day of the Giants…

A race Stidham has won twice before–with Katie’s Eyes last year, and with Flash Mash in 2012–The Giants Causeway Stakes at Keeneland today is the target of Rapid Rhythm, who aims to make it a Stidham trifecta in the big race.

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Leigh Court, and more…

Last weekend proved to be yet another one for the archives, when Speedway Stable’s Leigh Court won the Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

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Big race duo…

After the celebrations stemming from Stidham’s championship victory at the end of Fair Grounds last week, it’s business as usual, with a weekend comprising a hatful of stake runners.

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The Champ!

He did it! Mike Stidham was crowned yesterday champion trainer at Fair Grounds for their 2015-2016 meet – the first time in his long and distinguished career that he has been crowed champ (and almost certainly not the last)!

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Champion trainer?

With the trainers championship at Fair Grounds going down to the wire, Mike Stidham consolidated his lead at the head of affairs with a fantastic victory today in the Costa Rising Stakes.

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Final stretch…

The Fair Grounds Trainers’ Championship is coming down to the wire, but long-time leader Mike Stidham is still at the head of affairs. All he has to do is hold out for a few more days!

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Horses for courses!

We’re down to the final week of Fair Ground’s current winter meet, and guess who’s still the leader of the pack?

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Can he do it?

With two more wins on the board this weekend alone, the question on everyone’s lips is this one: can Mike Stidham clinch the trainer’s title at Fair Grounds?

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The winners keep coming…

As Fair Grounds winds inexorably towards its seasonal close, the Stidham barn remains in flying form, with a couple of winners this week alone.

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Fabulous Fiori!

The lightly raced Mi Fiori produced a tough and gritty display to claim her second career win over the weekend, maintaining, in the process, Stidham’s lead at the head of the trainer’s table.

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Lovely Lou faces the Black Cat!

The weekend is here again, and that means only one thing – more Stidham horses gunning for black type glory!

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Knuckle biter…

As the current Fair Grounds meet draws nearer to a close, fans of the Stidham stable are chewing their finger-nails down to their quicks wondering whether Stidham can cling on long enough to the lead to claim his first ever trainer’s title.

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Weekend update

After a week of relative peace and quiet, the Stidham barn is refreshed, restored, and ready to consolidate its position at the head of the trainers’s table at Fair Grounds, with a piggy bank bulging over with $888,880 earned already.

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Quiet week ahead…

After the banquet of goodies supplied over the weekend for fans of the stable, this week is diet time, with only two possible (but exciting) runners before more heart-stopping action next weekend!

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Big weekend!

The Stidham stable is holding it’s breath on the morning of what could prove an explosive weekend of stake race success for the barn.

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Doubling up!

A tidy double at Fair Grounds on Sunday wrapped up another fruitful weekend of action for the Stidham barn.

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Court rules!

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!

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Comeback queens!

It’s the Mardi Gras Stakes at Fair Grounds tomorrow, which features comeback queens Warriorscmoutoplay and Leigh Court.

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Delta Downs duo!

It’s another exciting weekend of action for fans of the Stidham stable, with Conquest Tiz One and Jockamo’s Song each going for black type at Delta Downs today.

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Shaken and stirred!

A nice double on Saturday sees the Stidham stable still leading the pack at Fair Gounds, with 21 winners and $701,590 in the kitty.

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Forte first again!

La Bruna Forte produced a superlative performance to claim the third win of her career yesterday at Fair Grounds.

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Big news day!

After a quiet few days at the Stidham barn, things are poised to click back into over-drive. But before they do, we thought you might like an update or two on some of the stable stalwarts.

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Two line up for battle…

On a rare quiet weekend of action for the stable, Stidham sends out only two runners tomorrow and Sunday.

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Inavanti comes in!

Inavanti proved a game winner today at Fair Grounds, battling to a neck victory under jockey Florent Geroux to give Mike Stidham yet another winner at the Louisiana course.

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Feast of action!

Stidham’s Stake race gun is loaded and cocked as he points a total of seven bullets at today’s Marie G. Krantz Memorial Stakes and LeComte Stakes at Fair Grounds, and the Fremont Stakes at Delta Downs.

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Top of the pile!

Nearly two months into Fair Grounds’ current winter meet, and the name at the top of the heap is still Stidham!

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Weekend update

After a relatively quiet week, the Stidham barn is poised to let loose with a veritable artillery of runners over the weekend, spearheaded by Princess Kennedy, who lines up in the $75,000 By the Light Stakes at Fair Grounds tomorrow.

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Double delight

After two more victories today, Mike Stidham extended his yawning lead at the top of the trainers’ standings at Fair Grounds.

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Ushering out the old…

Mike Stidham bids to say a fond farewell to a magnificent 2015 with a last ditch effort for yet more black type!

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Best wishes from the Stidham stable!

With Christmas but a little over a day away, the sensational start that Mike Stidham has enjoyed to the current Fair Grounds meet is filling him with festive good cheer!

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Stake-race bonanza!

What a weekend of action this promises to be, with Stidham sending out runners in not one, not two, not three, but four stake races at Fair Grounds tomorrow!

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Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Stakes winner!

What a rip-roaring few days it has been for the Stidham stable! A winner Thursday and Friday, while today, the mighty Jockamo’s Song goes and wins the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Stakes at Fair Grounds!

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Lovely Lou!

Another weekend, another winner – things seem to be getting rather repetitive around the Stidham barn at present!

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Still leading the pack!

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!

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Yum Yum a tasty winner!

The good form of the Stidham stable continues unabated at Fair Grounds, and Yum Yum proved another nice winner for the barn yesterday.

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Fab four!

Talk about starting with a bang! After a fantastic weekend of action when half of his eight runners at Fair Grounds duly obliged, Stidham finds himself an early leader on the trainer’s standings.

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Let the games begin!

The current Fair Grounds meet may have officially started yesterday, but it doesn’t properly get underway until a certain Mike Stidham sends out his first runners!

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Exciting times ahead!

The Stidham stable has set up shop in its usual berth at Fair Grounds, and hopes are high that the Louisiana racetrack will prove a happy hunting ground once again.

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Laurel duo!

Stidham sends two to Laurel Park today, on a rare quiet weekend of action for the stable.

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Hawthorne duo…

During a relatively quiet week for the Stidham barn, two head to Hawthorne tomorrow.

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Pinnacle Peak seeking Sense!

While the eyes of the racing world will be focused on Keeneland today, the Stidham stable sends out a whole Armada of runners all over the country this weekend.

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Runners scattered far and wide!

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.

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Kara an Angel!

Hot off the heels of Her Emmynency’s Grade I victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland Saturday, Kara’s Angel did the business Tusday, with a resounding victory at Hawthorne.

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Grade on glory!

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.

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Weekend update

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.

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The week ahead…

As we gear up for the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland this weekend, and the potential reappearance of Grade I Del Mar Oaks runner-up, Her Emmynency, there’s still much for fans of the stable to enjoy.

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Weekend update

There’s stake-race action galore over the weekend for fans of the barn, with not one but three black-type performers in action.

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Nice one Notte!

Given a beautifully patient ride by jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., Notte d’Oro flew to victory in the Melanie Frances Stakes at Arlington Saturday.

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Weekend update

Profluent pulled out all of the stops yesterday at Laurel Park when slugging out a hard-fought victory – a perfect start to a weekend in which Stidham has his fingers-crossed for more black-type gold.

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Hopes high that Laurel wreaths Stidham stable with winners

The Stidham horses arrived at Laurel Park en masse last week, and hopes are high that the beautiful Maryland track will prove a happy hunting ground for the Stidham barn – especially if events over the weekend are anything to go by.

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Dawn awakens!

Wake the Dawn put on a commanding performance to break her maiden at Arlington yesterday, setting up a potentially lucrative weekend of action for the Stidham barn.

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Cadet Captain give rivals marching orders!

Cadet Captain was a stunning ten-length winner at Arlington yesterday for owners Hill ‘N Dale Farm, setting into motion a hectic weekend of action for the Stidham stable.

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Grade II duo!

Stidham fires two arrows at two different Grade II races over the weekend, with The Zip Zip Man headed to the Summer Stakes at Woodbine, and Her Emmynency going for the Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park.

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Tequila Joe whets the whistle!

Another solid weekend of action for the Stidham barn threw up a number of fine performances, none more impressive than that produced by first-time winner, Tequila Joe at Del Mar on Saturday.

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Stake race extravaganza!

There’s a veritable candy-shop of stake race action for fans of the Stidham stable to savor this weekend, with big race competitors spread across the country.

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Veter getting better!

Veter made it two wins from two starts since joining the Stidham barn–prior to which he hadn’t won since his debut nearly five years ago–when delivering the goods at Arlington yesterday.

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Weekend update

The scorching summer temperatures are nearly as red-hot as Stidham’s current run of form, and although he hasn’t posted any winners thus far this week (even though Skipping ran admirably today at Arlington to finish a close second, and Aftermarketspoiler was beaten less than a length yesterday), he heads into the weekend with a team packed with talent.

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Mojo’s feeling good!

Phillip Mass’ Gotsomemojo made a sparkling debut over the weekend at Arlington – just one of a number of fine performances from Stidham runners to reaffirm just how good a heart the stable is in at present.

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Kingston with the treble!

The admirably consistent Kingston Terrace completed a hat-trick of victories today at Arlington for owners Dare to Dream Stable.

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Del Mar Oaks day!

Stidham is seeking to go one better in today’s $300,000 Grade I Del Mar Oaks after a close second in the race last year, with Stellaris.

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Pinnacle can’t get any higher!

Pinnacle Peak’s victory in the Prairie Meadows Juvenile Mile Stakes Friday was the highlight of another solid weekend of action for the Stidham stable.

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The fantastic four!

A banquet of goodies lies in store for fans of the Stidham stable this weekend, with not one but four horses bidding for a tasty bite of black type!

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Compass points towards winner’s circle!

The winners keep coming thick and fast for the Stidham barn, and this weekend threw up yet another hatful of great performances.

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Candy a sweet treat!

Candy Cate was a sweet treat for the Stidham barn yesterday, when breaking her maiden at Prairie Meadows.

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News from the stable…

There’s much to cover in today’s info-packed Stidham stable update, so without any further ado, let’s get down to business!

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Weekend update…

Canada’s the place to be this weekend if you’re looking for Stidham stable stake race action, what with exciting two-year-old The Zip Zip Man lining up in the Colin Stakes at Woodbine today, and Leigh Court headed to the Royal North Stakes.

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Six runners, 3 tracks, 2 countries!

Stidham has an action packed couple of days ahead (leading into an action packed, stake-race filled weekend!), as he prepares to send out a total of 6 runners to 3 tracks in 2 countries!

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Starting with a bang!

If Stidham continues on at Del Mar from where he’s jumped off, then he’s poised to enjoy a very profitable time indeed at the California track, after his two runners yesterday returned wreathed in laurels!

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Arch rivalries heat up the weekend

First came the arch rivalries this weekend at Wimbledon between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, then Serena Williams and her latest hapless victim, then came Stidham’s very own Arch Rivalry, who made quite the impression to break his maiden at Arlington yesterday.

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Kingston rules!

Hot on the heels of his sensational four-winners-out-of-four-runners Friday, Stidham sent out Kingston Terrace over the weekend to notch a third victory of the season.

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Four runs, four wins!

Four wins out of four runners – that’s the way the Stidham barn ushers in Independence Day weekend!

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News galore!

A quiet start to the week for the Stidham barn means that we have a rare window with which to keep fans of the stable up to date with the latest news. So, without any further ado, let’s get going!

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Jessica wants his cornhusk!

It’s the Grade III Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap at–wait for it–Prairie Meadows today, and Stidham’s Jessica’s Star is one of 11 lining up in the $100,000 race.

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She's back!

Her Emmynency’s return to competitive action in 2015 couldn’t have gone any smoother when she secured a fine win at Arlington yesterday.

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Zipping into the weekend!

The aptly named The Zip Zip Man made the brightest possible start to his career yesterday when breaking his maiden at the first time of asking at Arlington, launching, in the process, a busy weekend for the stable.

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Rebel with a cause!

Rebel Rebel kept the Stidham summer bandwagon rolling with a convincing win yesterday at Arlington.

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Weekend update

Stellaris is the star of the show again today when she lines up in the $100,000 Trillium Stakes at Woodbine – one of seven runners over the weekend for Stidham.

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And the winners keep coming….

Warriorscmoutoplay produced a stunning performance to land the Jostle Stakes at Parx Racing over the weekend – one of three wins for the Stidham stable over the past three days.

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Weekend update

It’s another sizzler of a weekend for the Stidham stable, with Notte d’Oro going for the Minnesota H. B. P. A. Distaff Stakes (a race Stidham’s Every Way finished a fine second in last year) and Warriorscmoutoplay headed to the Jostle Stakes amid an array of runners.

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Sensational Sunday!

Wow! Mike Stidham enjoyed a stunning Sunday with a near impeccable three winners from only four runners at Arlington, Thestarvingartist, Zipessa and Rikco Man all delivering the goods.

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Weekend update

The South Mississippi Owners and Breeders Stakes winner Ike Walker goes for more black type today when he lines up in the Prairie Mile takes at Prairie Meadows.

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The Prairie Meadows two!

Stidham sent two runners to Prairie Meadows Monday, and both of them returned victorious!

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Jessica in the Jim

Jessica’s Star is the headline act on a busy Memorial Day for the Stidham barn.

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Kids certainly do Rule!

A colt nicely on the improve would be a apt description of Kids Rule at present, after the four-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid added another victory to his resume at the weekend.

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Weekend update

While the eyes of the nation will be on Pimlico this afternoon, that doesn’t mean the racing world as a whole grinds to a halt, for the eyes of those from the Stidham barn will be focused on Churchill Downs today, where the big man heads with runners in both divisions of the Keertana Stakes.

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Wow, Wow, Wow!

Katie does it again and all the stable’s runners ran with great merit over a weekend to remember for the Stidham stable.

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Weekend update

It’s been all quiet on the western front for the Stidham stable all week. But that is set to change today, with runners spread far and wide across the nation through the weekend.

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Weekend update

It’s Derby day at Churchill Downs, and the Stidham barn is in on the action over at Kentucky, though at a slightly more muted level.

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Ike running in Circles!

With one stakes win already under his belt, Ike Walker is seeking another when he lines up in the Golden Circle Stakes at Prairie Meadows Friday.

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Weekend update

While the busy week may have drawn a blank for the Stidham stable, a number of horses performed creditably.

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Warriors Play and Kids Rule!

The Stidham barn enjoyed a nice across-the-card double over the weekend, courtesy of Warriorscmoutoplay and Kids Rule.

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Weekend update

Dahlia was a Hall of Fame legend who famously won big races all over the globe, and tomorrow at Pimlico, Stidham’s fine standard-bearer Istanford is bidding to add to her own little slice of immortality in a race named in the great mare’s honor.

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Couldn’t catch Katie!

Keeneland 2015 burst awake in no uncertain fashion for the Stidham stable after the sensational victory of Katie’s Eyes in the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes – one of two weekend victories for the stable from only two runners.

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Weekend update

Katie’s Eyes is the headline act of a triumvirate of runners for Mike Stidham today, when she lines up in the Giant’s Causeway Stakes at Keeneland.

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First runners tomorrow

Keeneland for the Mike Stidham barn kicks into another gear tomorrow with one of the stable’s stalwarts looking to kick-start her 2015 campaign.

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Weekend update

Jessica’s Star aims to turn the start of the Keeneland meet into a winning one for Mike Stidham, when last year’s Iowa Derby winner lines up in today’s Grade III Commonwealth Stakes.

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Pinch, punch, first of the month…

March is all but over, and the start of April coincides with the start of the new meet at Keeneland where the Stidham barn is headed en route to Arlington for its annual summer residency.

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Weekend update

Istanford and Notte d’Oro are the headline acts for Mike Stidham on a action packed weekend for the stable.

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Final push…

Sunday marks the end of the road for Fair Grounds this winter, and Mike Stidham has a number of strings to his violin as he seeks to bow out with a flourish.

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Weekend update

The evergreen I Dazzle is seeking to close out the current Fair grounds meet with a flourish for Mike Stidham when she lines up in the $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes this afternoon – the same race she claimed 12 months prior.

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Fair Grounds winning post in sight

The countdown towards the end of the current Fair Grounds meet has begun, prompting Mike Stidham to reflect upon what has been another profitable meet for the barn.

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Forte too strong at Delta Downs

Mike Stidham’s La Bruna Forte proved head and shoulders above the opposition at Delta Downs yesterday when disposing of her rivals in tidy fashion under jockey Gererd Melancon.

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Quiet week ahead

After the fireworks of last week, when Ike Walker thrashed the opposition in the South Mississippi Owners and Breeders Stakes, this week promises to be a much more sedate ride for fans of the Mike Stidham stable.

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Weekend update

Dawn and Ike Thrash’s Ike Walker positively thrashed the opposition in yesterday’s $40,000 South Mississippi Owners and Breeders Stakes, notching a first bit of black type as he once again found his winning groove.

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Ike the one for Mike

Ike Walker seeks a bite of black type when he lines up in the South Mississippi Owners and Breeders Stakes Friday at Fair Grounds.

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Weekend update

The Stidham barn heads into the weekend on the back of a nice win yesterday, courtesy of Masquerade.

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Luna eclipses rivals

La Luna Rouge only enhanced a progressive-looking profile when she shrugged the monkey from her back in an above average maiden at Fair Grounds yesterday.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham heads into tomorrow’s $60,000 Bayou Stakes at Fair Grounds top-heavy with talent.

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Mardi Gras Queen!

Table Three Ten is looking to become the belle of the ball on Mardi Gras day when she lines up in the eponymously named Mardi Gras Stakes at Fair Grounds today.

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Weekend update

Valentine’s Day might have proven a loveless one for Mike Stidham on the racetrack this year, when his sole runner at Fair Grounds finished out of the frame. But he’s got lined up a four-strong squadron of runners tomorrow to make up for the distinct lack of love today!

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Swift’s rivals put to the sword!

Swift Sword lost her maiden tag in no uncertain fashion for Mike Stidham Sunday, when positively routing the seven-strong field.

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Weekend update

The Stidham stable got off to a flying start this weekend when Holiday Touch broke his maiden today at Fair Grounds.

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Aftermarket not one to spoil the party

Aftermarketspoiler brought the goods for the Stidham team over the weekend when dispensing with her maiden tag in no uncertain fashion Saturday.

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Weekend update

For enthusiasts of the Mike Stidham stable, there’s plenty to look forward to this weekend, with runners spread between Oaklawn Park and Fair Grounds.

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Ticking along nicely…

We’re almost exactly half-way through the current winter meet at Fair Grounds, and the Stidham barn is ticking along very nicely indeed.

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Weekend update

There’s plenty to look forward to this weekend, what with Mike Stidham sending out runners both days at Fair Grounds, as well as the reappearance of a tough and popular mare looking for more black type over at Oaklawn Park.

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What a weekend!

Mike Stidham enjoyed a weekend to remember when Notte d’Oro and Kingston Terrace delivered the goods in fine fashion over the weekend, solidifying Stidham’s footing on the trainers standings for the meet.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham sends out a Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap triple-header today, with Hung the Moon, Notte d’Oro and Every Way all geared up and raring for competition.

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Toutsie tries again!

After someone left the freezer door open beside Oaklawn Park last week, Mike Stidham’s Toutsie Rules goes for a second stab at the Dixie Bell Stakes tomorrow.

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Weekend update

Oaklawn Park may have been on the receiving end of a rather chilly arctic blast, ruling out an eagerly awaited appearance from Mike Stidham’s Toutsie Rules today, but the good news is that the race has been rescheduled for next Thursday, and what is more, the trainer has a host of runners pencilled in for tomorrow, Sunday and Monday to make up for any sense of disappointment.

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The Toutsie looking to rule Oaklawn

Mike Stidham’s glamazon of a filly Toutsie Rules is looking to heat up a decidedly frigid looking Oaklawn Park this week, when she lines up in the Dixie Belle Stakes Friday.

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Weekend update

If I Ever, Profluent and Katie’s Eyes book-ended the turn of the New Year for Mike Stidham with a trifecta of nice wins at Fair Grounds, but after something of a hectic holiday season, Stidham gets to enjoy a well-earned breather with only one runner scheduled over the weekend.

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Goodbye 2014 – the Stidham year-end review!

Kids Rule and South Beach Dancer line up at Fair Grounds tomorrow as Mike Stidham’s last grasp chances to add to his season’s impressive haul. But as 2014 draws towards its bitter-sweet finale, we should sit back and reflect upon what has been in many ways one of Stidham’s most glittering years as a trainer.

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Yuletide best wishes…

While for many, Christmas means shutting off and winding down for a few days, for the likes of Mike Stidham and his barn of graft-hardened employees, horses still need to be fed, cleaned, exercised and watered, as well as the finishing touches put to the laundry-list of runners scheduled over the holiday period.

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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.”

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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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