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