Owner-breeders Mt. Brilliant Farms’ Secret Someone won the $350,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes Saturday, and He’s a Dandy Candy did the business at Arlington, during a weekend to remember for the Stidham barn!
Secret Someone, a five-year-old A.P. Indy mare, has proven a revelation this season, winning the Lady Canterbury Stakes on her first start of the year, then running well in a couple of hot graded stake races before doing the business in Saturday’s big race at Kentucky Downs.
Secret Someone broke slow, and Robbie Albarado bided his time towards the rear of the field, before making his move to hit the front at the top of the stretch. There, his mount showed great grit and resolve to prevail by an impressive three-and-three-quarter lengths.
“I had a good trip,” Albarado said, after the race. “I saw the whole field race to the bottom of the hill. I saw the favorite between horses, and I applauded that. That kind of helped me a little bit, coming by at the finish. I swung out turning for home and she ran on quick…. I didn’t think she could win this easy, but the whole race she was there for me.”
At Arlington Saturday, He’s a Dandy Candy did the business for owners Dare to Dream Stable and Brent Gasaway, always forcing the pace under Mitchell Murrill. This was He’s a Dandy Candy’s first win after a series of admirable efforts.
Here’s a look at the week’s entries:
Euroboss – Race 7, Allowance
Sweetbaby – Race 8, Maiden Special Weight
Aphrodite’s Quest – Race 8, Maiden Special Weight
Lou – Race 8, Allowance Optional Claiming
Redmoor – Race 3, Claiming
Gotsomemojo – Race 5, Claiming
Creeker’s Cat – Race 8, Allowance