Stellaris stars again

Grade I Del Mar Oaks runner-up Stellaris is seeking sweet redemption for that narrow defeat in the Grade III Pin Oak Valley View Stakes at Keeneland this Friday.

Drawn six in a potential field of sixteen, Stellaris has the able assistance of jockey James Graham in the saddle. Worth a tidy $150,000 and run over one and one sixteenth miles, the Pin Oak Valley View Stakes would be fitting compensation for a filly that has done precious wrong throughout her career.

This three-year-old daughter of Harlan’s Holiday ran up a hat-trick of stake race seconds earlier this year before finishing down the field in the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington last time out. But there were excuses for that performance – Stellaris was on the receiving end of some ugly looking mid-race argy-bargy, and a line can and should be drawn through that run.

Stellaris is one of four potential runners at Keeneland for Mike Stidham on Friday, the others comprising Alyczara, Toutsie Rules and and Warriorscmoutoplay.

Tomorrow at Keeneland, Stidham has Notte d’Oro entered, while on Thursday it’s Sanculpa’s turn.

As the great trainer chugs ever onwards towards an amazing career total of 1500 wins, Go Doug Go took the Stidometer reading to 1,497 with a fine win at Hawthorne Saturday.

Took wide for the first portion of the race, Go Doug Go made relentless headway down the stratch to record a rather comfortable looking one-and-a-half length win over Space Traveler. Owned by Feel The Thunder Stable, Go Doug Go has now won 12 races, and as a sprightly seven-year-old, age has yet to weary him – much like his ever-green handler…

Check back in again later this week for a look ahead to the weekend action.

dan

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