There’s much to cover in today’s info-packed Stidham stable update, so without any further ado, let’s get down to business!
First item on the agenda is to shine a light on two great performances over the weekend from Kingston Terrace and Fancy Ticket. In running away with the claimer at Arlington Saturday, Kingston Terrace was winning her fourth race of the year for owners Dare to Dream Stable.
Dare to Dream Stable’s Fancy Ticket was equally as impressive one day later at Arlington, and this four-year-old daughter of Even the Score was making amends for a series of highly commendable second-place finishes prior to this victory. In Kingston Terrace and Fancy Ticket, you’ll struggle to find two horses more honest and consistent.
The weekend also threw up two honorable stake race performances from Leigh Court and The Zip Zip Man up in Canada.
Two-year-old The Zip Zip Man showed that he was more than ready for a step up in grade to finish a close second in the Colin Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday. A little tardy out of the gates, he was quickly on the heels of the leaders, and pressed the eventual winner, Riker, all the way to the wire under jockey Florent Geroux.
What was so commendable about this run is how this was only The Zip Zip Man’s second ever race. Stidham was understandably elated by the performance from Oliver Tait’s speedy son of City Zip.
“Until you step up into stake company, you never know how they’re going to perform,” said Stidham. “But he met the challenge head on to be beaten by only a short distance in second. We’re very happy with him.”
Stidham suggested that the Arlington-Washington Futurity could be next on his agenda. The Summer Stakes at Woodbine is also on the radar.
A day later at Woodbine, Speedway Stables’ Leigh Court produced a magnificent performance to finish a similarly close second in the Grade III Royal North Stakes – her first run since showing up in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last November.
Leigh Court forced the pace for much of the way, and despite being passed by eventual winner, Ageless, down the home stretch, Leigh Court stuck to her guns in determined fashion to be beaten less than a length under jockey Gary Boulanger.
Again, Stidham was absolutely delighted with the performance. He said that, with this run, Leigh Court’s options have been widened with the second half of the season all before her.
“She’s proven that she’s very versatile,” said Stidham. “She can sprint and route. She can go on the turf, the dirt and the polytrack. For her to run like that against a top turf sprinter in Ageless, after a lay-off, well, you’ve got to be pleased.”
“There’s no set schedule,” he added. “She’s come out of it well, and we’ll be playing it by ear. We have a lot of options open to us as to where she runs next.”
Stidham also had news of some of his other stable stars. Notte d’Oro may head west for the John C. Mabee Handicap at Del Mar. While Her Emmynency and Zipessa have the Del Mar Oaks and the Sandy Blue Handicap on their agendas. These two flying fillies could line up one in either contest, or go against each other in the same race.
As to the week ahead, Mighty Brown is a runner today at Del Mar. Toutsie Rules lines up at Arlington tomorrow – Lewis Val is entered at Del Mar. While Candy Cate heads to Prairie Meadows Friday, the same day Cassis is entered at Arlington.