Weekend update

The inimitable Zubi Zubi Zu and Brother Wayne produced a nice across the card double for the Stidham stable yesterday. And hopes are high that the good form continues today – especially with barn standard-bearer Her Emmynency going for the biggest win of her career today at Keeneland.

One of nine to line up in the $500,000 Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes, Her Emmynency has jockey Florent Geroux in the saddle, and she’s an 8-1 shot on the Morning Line to prevail in the big race run over a mile and an eighth.

Second last time out in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks, Her Emmynency is facing her toughest task to date today, but Hilary Pridham said that all the signs are positive going into the race.

“She’s doing extremely well,” she said. “Her works have been good, and she’s feeling good and looking great. We’re hopeful of a big run, but it is a very tough spot. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t be running her if we didn’t think she was up to the challenge.”

Stidham’s other runners this weekend look like this: Tiger Paw at Keeneland tomorrow, with Malibu Honey and Dreams On Parade at Laurel Park.

On Monday, Approximator heads to Belmont Park, with La Luna Rouge at Meadowlands.

That’s in the future, yesterday, Stidham enjoyed a fine double that included a super win at Laurel Park for stable stalwart Zubi Zubi Zu, owned by Christine and Phil Hatfield. Zubi Zubi Zu was always there or there abouts under jockey Russell Sheldon, and once in command down the stretch, she sizzled away from the field to post a two-length victory at the wire. This was Zubi Zubi Zu’s second victory this year.

Over at Hawthorne, Brother Wayne couldn’t have been more impressive in shrugging the monkey off his back for owners Feel The Thunder Stable, when posting an eight-and-a-quarter victory under jockey Timothy Thornton. Second in his four prior races, this three-year-old son of Summer Bird showed real pop yesterday, and looks to have a bright future ahead of him.


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