Mike Stidham enjoyed a weekend to remember when Notte d’Oro and Kingston Terrace delivered the goods in fine fashion over the weekend, solidifying Stidham’s footing on the trainers standings for the meet.
Settled early under a fine ride by jockey James Graham, Notte d’Oro was delivered to challenge down the straight in the $60,000 Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap Saturday, capturing the lead at the sixteenth-pole before pulling away to win by what looked a pretty comfortable length.
Owners Twin Creeks Racing Stables have an exciting young filly on their hands. Having won four of her seven starts (this her first in black type company), Notte d’Oro is still relatively unexposed, and looks sure to have any amount of further improvement in her.
A day later, Kingston Terrace showed that 9 months on the side-lines need not prove an impediment to success when she delivered the goods in a hot-looking allowance. Owned by Dare to Dream Stable (under Michael Faber), Kingston Terrace was enjoying her third win to date, and like Notte d’Oro, further improvement can be expected now she’s back in the winning groove.
Sitting fourth on the trainer’s standings at Fair Grounds (less than $50,000 behind the trainer in second), Stidham has one chance of further success this week at the Louisiana track: Katie’s Eyes in tomorrow. Thestarvingartist is entered at Oaklawn Park Friday.
Check back in again later this week for a look ahead to the weekend action, and a recap by the trainer on his recent rash of victories.