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.
Notte d’Oro, owned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables, was given a fine ride by jockey Joseph Rocco. He positioned his mount midfield the first half of the race but as the pair entered the home straight, they put the race to bed in ruthless fashion, quickening smartly to flash past the post a length-and-three-quarters to the good.
Notte d’Oro, a three-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, was winning the second race of her four race career after running deceptively well last time out at Fair Grounds despite being beaten. Freshened up after a nice break, she looks nailed on to keep improving now she’s regained the winning thread, with Stidham certain to bring her along in typically steady and patient fashion.
The weekend saw another magnificent performance from a Stidham youngster when One Go All Go almost landed the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Saturday. Jockey Tim Thornton did everything right on Stidham’s runner – settling him on the heels of the leaders before pouncing wide down the straight. Throughout a ding-dong three-horse battle down the stretch, One Go All Go looked as though he was going to clinch the race only to be out-bobbed as they passed the wire, eventually going down by two agonizing heads.
This was only the second racecourse appearance from Feel The Thunder Stable’s two-year-old son of Fairbanks, and he will have learned alot. Rather fresh and keen the first half of the race, One Go All Go showed tremendous tenacity during the part of the race that counts, and he looks to be yet another guaranteed future stakes winner for the Stidham barn.
Looking to the week ahead, Stidham has three at Kentucky Downs Wednesday: E.M. Maximus, Helen Kathleen and Scrumpdilicious. At Arlington Thursday, it’s the turn of Shoe Jo and I Dazzle in a slightly easier race than she’s been running in of late. Friday at Arlington Casting and Mi Fiori are entered.
Check back in again later this week for a look ahead to the weekend action.