There’s plenty to look forward to this weekend, what with Mike Stidham sending out runners both days at Fair Grounds, as well as the reappearance of a tough and popular mare looking for more black type over at Oaklawn Park.
Table Three Ten is one of 13 to line up in the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn tomorrow, and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan takes the mount on Stidham’s six-year-old daughter of El Prado, who is gunning for her first taste of stake-race glory.
That being said, Table Three Ten picked up a valuable slice of black type on her first effort for the barn a couple of runs back in the Dream Supreme Stakes at Churchill Downs. This gutsy performer is nothing if not honest, and Stidham is confident she will again fly the stable’s flag with honors.
Over at Fair Grounds, Aftermarketspoiler and Skirts on Fire hold entries tomorrow, while Gumdrop is the stable’s sole representative Sunday.
We also have news concerning some of Stidham’s recent winners. Notte d’Oro, Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap heroine, is being primed for the $60,000 Bayou Handicap at Fair Grounds on February 21.
“Last year, she got sick and had to have some time off,” said assistant Hilary Pridham. “But this year she’s stayed healthy, and she’s now improving all the time.”
Katie’s Eyes, owned by Dawn and Ike Thrash and Janet and Sam Alley, picked up her second consecutive victory for Stidham yesterday, and a long-term goal for this speedball daughter of Leroidesanimaux is the Giants Causeway Stakes at Keeneland.
“If a suitable race comes up for her between now and then, it would make sense for her to have one more run,” said Pridham.
Last but certainly not least, honorable mention goes to Gucci Brown, who stepped up considerably from her debut performance to positively run away with Monday’s maiden at Fair Grounds.
Owner Steven J. Perlick looks to have a talented young lady on his hands, and as social media pointed out in the aftermath of the win, “Trainer Mike Stidham really gets the most out of BIG BROWNs.”
Thank you for that one Michael Adolphson!
Don’t forget to check back in again next week for a review of the weekend action.