The winners keep coming thick and fast for the Stidham barn, and this weekend threw up yet another hatful of great performances.
Indeed, Stidham has his squad in sparkling form at present, as evinced by Compass Stone’s fine winning debut at Arlington yesterday. Cardinal Farm’s three-year-old son of Birdstone was snappy out of the gates, and was never headed thereafter, showing rare guts and determination down the stretch to prevail by a head from the more experienced runner-up.
Compass Stone will find it tougher out of maiden company next time out, but the granite attitude he showed yesterday will stand him in good stead.
One day earlier at Arlington, Veter showed improved form to win on his debut for Stidham.
Richard Duchossois’ seven-year-old son of Green Tune hasn’t won since his debut in France all the way back in 2010, but he was thought good enough to compete in the French Derby a year later. And Veter turned the clock back yesterday with a rousing performance to win by half-a-length under jockey Jose Valdivia.
With this nice win under Veter’s belt and with Stidham at the helm, there’s no knowing the heights to which Veter might once again soar.
As to the week ahead, Stidham points Alltheleavesrbrown, Istanford and Out of Mischief at Del Mar Thursday, while Aftermarketspoiler is entered at Arlington the same day.
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