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.”

And with so many of Stidham’s sharpest arrows aimed at multiple big prizes this weekend, optimism is high and chickens run scared as the Stidham stable sits poised on the edge of one of it’s most important few days this season.

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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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Istanford star of dazzling weekend

Istanford’s rip-roaring display in one of the feature races at Del Mar this weekend was the highlight of an unforgettable weekend of action for Mike Stidham.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham sends a four-pronged attack on major stakes this weekend, with runners at four different tracks in two different countries.

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Arlington double

Mike Stidham enjoyed another successful weekend after sending out two winners from a grand total of two runners at Arlington yesterday.

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Weekend update

This weekend is more about quality than quantity for Mike Stidham, as half of the six runners he’s preparing to saddle are in stake races.

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Weekend update

Brown Almighty started the ball rolling in the best possible fashion with a win at Arlington yesterday as Mike Stidham is set to saddle a total of seven horses over July 4th weekend.

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Jessica's Star lights up Prairie Meadows

Jessica’s Star continued his rapid ascent up the ladder with another taking performance for Mike Stidham in the Iowa Derby Saturday.

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Weekend update

Fighter Squadron’s victory yesterday ensures that Mike Stidham is heading into another busy weekend with all guns-abalzing.

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Abundantly clear of the rest

Abundantly Clear recorded her first win of the season on another solid weekend of action for the Mike Stidham stable.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham is poised for a busy weekend across the country, and his headline act is I Dazzle, who is set to line up in the Opelousas Stakes at Evangeline Downs Saturday.

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Weekend update

This weekend, two of Mike Stidham’s most exciting young fillies are gunning for stake race glory, one of whom is Istanford, fresh from her scintillating victory in the Grade III Arlington Classic last time out.

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Every Way just pipped for stake success

Every Way’s narrow eclipse in the Minnesota H.B.P.A. Distaff Stakes at Canterbury Park epitomized a frustrating weekend for Mike Stidham, with a number of his horses producing fine performances without quite making the winners circle.

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Weekend update

Football player Jack Youngblood once said that good luck is the residue of preparation. If that’s true, then Mike Stidham’s preparations prior to the current Arlington meet must have been impeccable given his recent scorching run of form. And the fun looks set to continue this weekend, with three of his stable stars set to compete in a number of big races throughout the nation.

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Jessica star of another sparkling weekend for Stidham

The Mike Stidham stable is hotter than the hinges of Hades at present, and his sensational run of form continued unabated over the weekend with three winners throughout the nation – Jessica’s Star was the undisputed headline act after a thrilling victory in the Prairie Mile Stakes Saturday.

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Istanford produces classic performance at Arlington

The winners keep flooding in at Arlington for Mike Stidham, and another memorable weekend was capped by Istanford’s sublime win in the Arlington Classic Stakes on Saturday – the first leg of the Mid-America Triple series on the grass, for three-year-olds.

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Triple delight for Stidham

While the headlines over the weekend were all about the Triple Crown chances of Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, the number three was also a significant number for Mike Stidham over the same period, as a result of the Arlington based trainer sending out a sensational triple-header of winners at the Chicago track.

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Weekend update

There are three constants to the start to this years Arlington Park meet: the sun continues to glitter over the racetrack, the flowers in the infield are still daubed in a riot of color, and Mike Stidham maintains his extraordinarily rich vein of form after another successful week – an omen that bodes well for the impeding weekend action.

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Stidham sits second

Mike Stidham has been fast out of the blocks at Arlington this season, and another double over the weekend has catapulted him into second place on the trainers’ standing.

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Ground Transport freight train rolls on

Ground Transport’s sensational win at Belmont Park today was the jewel in the crown of an unforgettable weekend of action for the Stidham stable.

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Keeneland conquerer

The winners have been coming thick and fast at Keeneland for Mike Stidham, with two winners from only a handful of runners over the past three days.

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Stellaris out of this world

Mike Stidham looks to have another nice young filly on his hands after Stellaris romped to victory at Keeneland over the weekend.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham is making the most of his brief Keeneland sojourn with a strong squadron of runners this weekend.

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Weekend update

With Fair Grounds done and dusted for another year, the band wagon rolls onto Keeneland where Mike Stidham has a trifecta of runners this weekend, including one of his more exciting young fillies, Istanford, in one of Keeneland’s signature races.

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Summer sizzler on the cards

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.

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Weekend update

As the curtain is poised to be drawn for the very last time this current meet at Fair Grounds, Mike Stidham intends to bow out with all guns ablazing with a total of six runners today and tomorrow at Fair Grounds, and another runner at Hawthorne Sunday.

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Sensational Saturday for Stidham

As Saturdays go, they don’t come much better than the one just passed for Mike Stidham, as it yielded a sensational stake-race double for his-in form stable.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham might have only four arrows to his bow this weekend, but two of them are pointed towards nice stake races at Fair Grounds and Laurel Park.

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Sanculpa surges to victory

On a relatively quiet weekend for Mike Stidham, he still enjoyed a nice winner when Sanculpa showed himself to be a horse with a bright future when charging to victory on only his second racecourse appearance.

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June blossoms in March

Jenny June provided the highlight on another solid weekend of action for the Mike Stidham stable.

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Dazzling debut for Stidham

On another good weekend for the Mike Stidham stable, I Dazzle proved to be the headline act when she made a winning debut for the stable at Fair Grounds on Saturday.

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Weekend update

The weekend is shaping up to be an exciting few days for the Stidham stable with a runners across three different states. Headline billing is shared between Brown Eyes Blue, Every Way and Kids Rule, all three of who line up in stakes races Saturday

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Weekend update

After a quiet few weeks on the big race front, Mike Stidham will have to dust off his best suit with Masquerade entered in the Bayou Handicap and Ground Transport scheduled to run in the Grade III Mineshaft Handicap, both at Fair Grounds.

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Rock On This music to Stidham's ears

Another weekend, another winner for the Mike Stidham stable, with Rock On This delivering the goods in the style of a veteran prizefighter.

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Weekend update

Compared to his usual weekend cavalcade, Mike Stidham has a relatively light few days ahead of him with five horses scheduled to run between now and Sunday, including one to keep an eye on: the racecourse bow of a potentially exciting Bernadini filly.

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Every Way to the winner’s circle

Mike Stidham got the week off to the best possible start when Every Way demolished the opposition today at Sam Houston.

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Weekend update

It’s all systems go this weekend for Mike Stidham as he prepares to field a total of eight runners split between Fair Grounds and Sam Houston.

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Kelly's defense impenetrable

A victory for In Kelly’s Defense Saturday proved the highlight of another solid weekend of action for the Stidham stable.

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Weekend update

Looking ahead to the next few days, Mike Stidham might lack the headline acts of previous weekends, but he still has a handful of interesting contenders to go to war with, a number of whom have already run fine races at Fair Grounds this winter meet.

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Lollipop and Ground Transport victorious

Wins for Lollipop and Ground Transport over the weekend capped another fine few days of action for Mike Stidham, continuing the good form of the barn since the new year rolled around.

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Weekend Update

Another weekend, another squadron of runners at Fair Grounds for Mike Stidham, with one or two horses either looking to work their way up the ladder or else hoping to capitalize upon slightly easier spots.

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Masquerade so nearly the belle of the ball

Masquerade very nearly registered her first black type victory when she finished an honorable second in the Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds over the weekend.

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Weekend update

Looking ahead at the weekend and Mike Stidham has a flurry of runners spread between Fair Grounds and Oaklawn Park, with the possibility of two runners in stakes races on Saturday.

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Brace of winners

Mike Stidham enjoyed a weekend to remember at Fair Grounds after his seven runners picked up two wins and three seconds.

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Weekend update

If idle hands do the devil’s work, then Mike Stidham should be half-way to sainthood after this weekend as he prepares to saddle no less than nine runners over the next three days – all at Fair Grounds.

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Lollipop a sweet start to the New Year

Lollipop started the New Year for the Mike Stidham stable in the best manner possible when he gamely held on for victory in the $20,000 claimer on the first day of racing at Fair Grounds in 2014.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham fields a triumvirate of runners this weekend as he bids to solidify the good start he’s made at the latest Fair Grounds winter meet.

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Weekend update

Mike Stidham runs a brace of runners each of the next three days, including two of his stable’s standard bearers Saturday, both of whom are set to contest a couple of minor stakes.

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