Song to You proved a rare winner for Mike Stidham at Los Alamitos Racetrack in Southern California, when he showed admirable nerve and audacity to prevail by a nose in the optional claimer yesterday.
Settled at the rear of affairs by “Smokin'” Joe Talamo, Song to You came with a rattling run three wide down the stretch to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by the smallest of nostrils – in the process adding another victory to the one he garnered almost a year ago at Fair Grounds.
Owned by Mt. Brilliant Farm, Song to You is now less than $8,000 from cracking the $100,000 mark. What is more, his win puts Mike Stidham on 1494 career victories, meaning that Stidham needs only six more to crack the 1500 magic mark.
Stidham has two entered on Friday to help him towards that goal: Inavanti at Arlington, and Tough Business at Churchill Downs.
Check back in again later this week for a look ahead to the weekend action.