Let the games begin! The Fair Grounds winter meet kicks off today, and Mike Stidham is aiming to leap onto the leader board quickly with a brace of entries both Saturday and Sunday.
As I previously reported, the Stidham stable has lately been waxing lyrical about the pretty-eyed young things poking their heads over the webbings in the barn, and we will get a chance to see two of those fresh-faced contenders in action both days of the weekend.
First up, Warriorscmoutoplay is bidding to confirm the rich promise of her debut third at Keeneland last month. This two-year-old daughter of Warrior’s Reward was a touch green that day, but wasn’t beaten far. She will have learned a lot from the experience, and she’s sure to line up in the maiden special weight tomorrow a more rounded proposition.
Sunday sees the debut of another interesting Stidham youngster – Out of Mischief. This two-year-old son of Into Mischief has been pleasing everybody at home, and hopes are high that he will acquit himself with aplomb on his first foray on the track.
The good news is that each will have an adult to hold their hand! With Gumdrop going in the 8th on Saturday, and Notte d’Oro in the 6th on Sunday.
Check back in again early next week for a roundup of the weekend action.