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.
Jockey James Graham rode a perfect race on the three-year-old filly by Candy Ride, sitting patiently mid pack for much of the way before producing her with a steady run down the stretch. She took command at the furlong marker and kicked clear for a comfortable two-length win at the wire.
Owned by Gary Biszantz, Helen Kathleen was claiming her second win in a row from only four lifetime starts and is clearly a young lady fast on the improve. It would come as a surprise to few to see her compete for a little black type before the season’s through.
It looks like it’s going to be a busy week for Stidham at Del Mar. Kicking things off Wednesday is Local One Thirty while George’s Peach is scheduled to go to post Thursday. Looking for a repeat performance of her barnstorming Grade II San Clemente victory is Istanford who lines up in the Sandy Blue Handicap Friday.
Check back in again later this week for a round up of all the weekend action.