Fans of the Stidham stable have a stake race double-delight awaiting them this Sunday, with Synchrony and Proforma on big race duty for the smokin’ hot barn at Monmouth Park.
Before we get to that, however, there’s the not so little matter of the cinder-hot form of the stable to reckon with – form that has continued unabated this week. And yesterday, the Stidham barn fired out a brace of nice wins, rat-a-tat, one after the other.
Over at Arlington, the two-year-old Graydar filly, My Jilly, broke her maiden at the second time of asking with a stylish win under Sophie Doyle. Owner Barry Golden has a very exciting prospect indeed on his hands, and she looks more than capable of holding her own in better company at some point in her career.
Graydar was very much the order of the day yesterday, as his three-year-old daughter, Blooming, also broke her maiden at Delaware Park for owners Twin Creeks Racing Stables. Blooming was having only a third career start, and flew home under Brian Pedroza to win by a handy five lengths.
And now for the weekend action.
Sunday at Monmouth Park, dual graded-stakes winning Synchrony is drawn 2 of 7 in the G3 Oceanport Stakes, worth $100,000. Joe Bravo takes the mount on the Stidham standard-bearer in a turf race run over 1 mile and 1/16th. A mighty big run is expected – hence the 5/2 odds on the Morning Line.
Four races later on the card, Proforma is drawn 3 of 12 in the $75,000 Wolf Hill Stakes. This lickety-split turf sprint over 5 1/2 furlongs sees Joe Bravo once again reunited with a Stidham runner, and the combo are a 12-1 chance on the Morning Line.
Here’s to the other weekend runners:
Rosebud’s Hope – Race 6, Allowance Optional Claiming $20,000
Federal Dominance – Race 2, Maiden Special Weight