Mike Stidham enjoyed another successful weekend after sending out two winners from a grand total of two runners at Arlington yesterday.
Casting was the first of Stidham’s runners to deliver the goods. Owner Curt Gielow’s four-year-old gelding by Quest was sharp out of the gates and swiftly into the lead, there to stay as he passed the post three-quarters of a length too good for the rest of the field, jockey Florent Geroux on board. Interestingly, Casting has maintained an impressive 100% strike rate this year – four wins from four starts.
Next up was Gumdrop, who slugged out a hard-fought win to break her maiden at the seventh time of asking. Like Casting, Gumdrop broke smartly, jockey Florent Geroux able to find a nice position on the heels of the leaders. Geroux produced his mount at the top of the stretch, and despite constant hassle by runner-up Shakesperian Dream, passed the post a nose to the good. Gumdrop, owned by M and M Thoroughbred Partners, can now look to step up again after that nice confidence boosting victory.
Looking ahead, Stidham has two entries Friday, Pioneer Charlie at Del Mar, and Redhot Fillypepper at Arlington.
Check back in again later this week for a look at the weekend action.