Veter made it two wins from two starts since joining the Stidham barn–prior to which he hadn’t won since his debut nearly five years ago–when delivering the goods at Arlington yesterday.
Owned by Richard Duchossois, Veter broke towards the rear of the field, slowly made his way into contention before finishing the race off nicely with a decisive kick under jockey Jose Valdivia.
Thought good enough to contest Grade I races back in France, Veter has been a little disappointing since switching Stateside – that is until he moved to the care of Mike Stidham. And assistant Hilary Pridham believes that the best is yet to come.
“He’s a nice horse,” she said. “I think that, even though he’s now seven, he can still move up the ladder.”
As to the week ahead, Stidham has three entries at Del Mar: Infinite Magic on Wednesday, and Vivacious V.V. and Alltheleavesrbrown on Thursday. Zubi Zubi Zu could make an appearance at Woodbine Friday.
Now for some stable gossip! And next weekend looks like being a busy one for Stidham and co. in terms of stake race performers.
Notte d’Oro is being lined up for a crack at the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar on Sunday. While over at Monmouth Park, Pinnacle Peak is being targeted towards the Sapling Stakes the same day.
One day later, Leigh Court and Pirate’s Trove could both contest the $400,000 Masters Stakes at Presque Isle Downs, while Katie’s Eyes could go for the $150,000 Turf Amazon Stakes at Parx the same day.
Then there’s the not-so-small matter of where the Stidham barn is headed this fall! For the first time ever, Stidham will be sending a string of horses to Laurel Park. The meet opens September 12, and Stidham hopes to send a string of about 30 to the Maryland track.
“We’re really excited,” said Hilary. “The purses are good, the dirt track is great and they’ve got a good turf course, too. We think we’ll do really well there.”