Pinnacle Peak’s victory in the Prairie Meadows Juvenile Mile Stakes Friday was the highlight of another solid weekend of action for the Stidham stable.
In winning the $75,000 race at Prairie Meadows, the two-year-old son of Yes It’s True was breaking his maiden on only his second ask. And what a way to do it for owner-breeder Mark Breen. Snappy out of the gates, Pinnacle Peak was straight into the lead, drawing away from the field under jockey Shane Laviolette at the far turn before scampering to a ten-length victory at the wire.
Pinnacle Peak was second on his only other career start, and after producing such a stunning and thoroughly professional performance this go around, he’s sure to be a force to be reckoned with wherever Stidham sends him next.
Elsewhere over the weekend, there were a number of really notable performances. None more so than that from Amira J, runner-up in the Ontario Debutante Stakes at Woodbine yesterday for owners Dawn and Ike Thrash and Janet and Sam Alley.
After pressing the pace for a good portion of the race, Amira J looked for much of the stretch as though she was going to prevail where it mattered, only to be out-done at the wire by eventual winner Get Rhythm. This two-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa lost nothing in defeat however, and looks nailed-on to garner her own slice of winning black-type sooner rather than later.
As to the week ahead, Stidham sure is keeping busy! At Del Mar Wednesday, he’s entered Path of David and Handful of Stripes. Mighty Brown could line up Thursday at the Southern California track, while Zipessa holds an entry in the Sandy Blue Handicap Friday.
Hope’s Blossom is entered at Arlington Thursday, with Follow the Kitten a potential runner there friday.