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.
Her Emmynency is one of nine to go to post in the $300,000 race for two-year-old fillies over seven furlongs – Joe Talamo is set to take the mount. But Stidham’s daughter of Successful Appeal certainly has her work cut out in a race packed with talent.
While Her Emmynency is making the Herculean leap into the toughest possible company after only one racecourse appearance, what a debut it turned out to be. Always near the leaders, Her Emmynency flew down the short Del Mar straight to record a resounding two-and-three-quarter lengths victory, looking every inch the seasoned pro under a Talamo hands and heels drive.
Nevertheless, the competition Saturday looks fierce, with the likes of Jerry Hollendorfer’s Seduire and Wesley Ward’s Sunset Glow gunning for more big race glory. Tilting at windmills isn’t one of Stidham’s favorite pastimes though, and he wouldn’t be sending Her Emmynency into such exalted company if he didn’t consider her ready for the challenge – what is more, after the glitz and glamor of the actual Emmy awards last weekend, she would prove a suitably topical winner of her very own golden statuette.
One day later, Every Way lines up in the Tranquility Lake Stakes at Del Mar looking for her own fairytale ending to the meet. Every Way is one of 14 to line up in the $90,000 race over one mile, and Kent Desormeaux takes the mount. Despite the long line up, this race looks a slightly easier berth than her last two appearances, and this tough-as-teak daughter of City Zip is more than overdue a change in fortunes.
Joining Every Way at Del Mar on Sunday is Song For You, while Stidham has his usual glut of runners at Arlington over the weekend. Tomorrow sees Alltheleavesrbrown and Holiday Touch take to the track while on Saturday it’s the turn of Hubbala Hubbala and Voluptuous. On Sunday, Indygo Bo is his sole representative.
Honorable and long overdue mentions must go to Scrumpdilicious and One Go All Go after their fine victories at Arlington last weekend. Scrumpdilicious, owned by Philip Maas, showed marked improvement on his debut when annihilating his rivals in only his second racecourse appearance. Under jockey Carlos Marquez, Scrupmdilicious sprinted free at the top of the stretch to pass the post three-and-three-quarters clear of the rest of the field.
Clearly inspired by his stablemate’s performance, One Go All Go stamped himself yet another young Stidham runner to follow when crucifying his rivals in similar fashion to Scrumpdilicious – easing past the post a whole five-and-one-quarter lengths clear of the sorry runner-up. This two-year-old son of Fairbanks couldn’t have made any more pleasing racecourse debut, and owners Feel The Thunder Stable have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months.
Check back in again next week for a round-up of the weekend action.