This is a big weekend for the Stidham stable, and it couldn’t have kicked off in any finer fashion when She’s Got the Mojo and Storming the Beach produced the goods at Arlington this afternoon.
Owned by the Dare to Dream Stable and ridden by Santo Sanjur, She’s Got the Mojo was winning her first race after a series of good efforts. Then, two races later, Storming the Beach ran out a nice winner under jockey Julio Felix for owners Hill ‘N Dale Farm to make it victory number one for the season for the five-year-old gelding.
What these nice victories highlight is just how red-hot the barn is at present. Which is good news for the weekend runners, including a couple of hot stake race performers.
First up tomorrow at Monmouth Park, Zipessa lines up against a maximum of 13 others in the $100,000 GIII Eatontown Stakes, over a mile and one sixteenth on the turf.
Multiple GI placed Zipessa had a nice seasonal re-introduction last month at Belmont Park, and she’s a 5-1 shot on the Morning Line to add to her big race haul.
Over at Penn National tomorrow, Diadura lines up in the $200,000 Penn Oaks – a mile race on the turf. Ridden by Horacio Karamanos, Diadura faces seven other rivals, and she’s a 15-1 shot on the Morning Line to add to her win last September in the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes.
Before we get to the rest of the weekend entries, here’s a look at what’s happening with some of the stable’s stars:
Rapid Rhythm: a three-time stake winner at Laurel Park and Fair Grounds the end of last year and the start of this, Rapid Rhythm is being aimed at the GIII Intercontinental Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8.
R Naja: winner of the Star Shoot Stakes last time out, R Naja is headed for either the Crank It Up Stakes at Monmouth Park on June 10, or another stake at Woodbine on June 11.
Proforma: last year’s Sugar Bowl Stakes winner is being aimed at the Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth on June 24.
Stallion Heiress: two-time stake winner this season, Stallion Heiress could be headed north for the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on June 11.
And now, here are the rest of the weekend entries:
Sheza Super Star – Race 5, Claiming $12,500
Princess Lu Lu – Race 8, Allowance
Consequential – Race 6, Claiming
Sheza Super Star – Race 4, Claiming $5,000