It may not be the largest squad of weekend runners ever assembled by team Stidham, but what it lacks in numbers it more than makes up for in quality!
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!
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.