Mike Stidham sends out a Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap triple-header today, with Hung the Moon, Notte d’Oro and Every Way all geared up and raring for competition.
“It’s going to be a big weekend at Fair Grounds,” said Stidham, while on his way to Oaklawn earlier this week. And he is hopeful that Hung the Moon will acquit herself well on her first run for the stable in the $60,000 race.
Having never raced on turf before, Stidham is hoping that the change in surface will make the desired difference to his new charge. “She’s never won a stake before, and we’ve been waiting to get her on the grass for a while. This looks like a good opportunity.”
Notte d’Oro is enjoying her first appearance in stake company having won well in December, while Every Way is making a comeback after some well-earned R&R. “They’re all training well, and we’re hoping that one of them does the business.”
Holiday Touch and Kids Rule are entered on the undercard. Forest Elf and Kingston Terrace line up at Fair Grounds tomorrow, while Stidham has five in on Monday: Titfortat, Gucci Brown, Hadrian, Curlins Queen and Liberty Bond.
While Stidham didn’t have a winner this week, most runners performed creditably, and he was especially delighted with Warriorscmoutoplay, who showed a nice attitude to finish second at Oaklawn, Thursday.
And this news just for Kim Langston, Ground Transport’s biggest fan: he’s enjoying a little down-time at Cobra Farm in Lexington. But his siesta will soon end, at which point he’s off to Ocala for pre-training.
Don’t forget to tune back in next week for a weekend review.