Another weekend, another squadron of runners at Fair Grounds for Mike Stidham, with one or two horses either looking to work their way up the ladder or else hoping to capitalize upon slightly easier spots.
But first, let’s look back at some notable performances from the week. Notte d’Oro was a fine winner of a maiden special weight Monday, showing in the process that she’d improved leaps and bounds from her debut run. Settled three or four wide off the pace, jockey James Graham brought Notte’d’Oro with a sustained effort down the stretch before grabbing the lead in the final furlong, passing the wire 1 1/2 lengths to the good. This was an exciting effort by the Medaglio d’Oro filly, and she certainly showed enough ability to suggest that a step up in company might be on her agenda in the near future.
Of the other runners, Song to You was especially unlucky in an allowance on the same day. After a rousing battle with the eventual winner, Consiracy, down the stretch, Song to You lost out by a nose at the wire, James Graham on board. This lightly raced four-year-old colt by Unbridled Song has shown steady improvement throughout his four runs, and he looks another with a bright future ahead of him.
So now to the weekend. Today, What Bunker Bunker and Ground Transport start the ball rolling. On Saturday, it’s the turn of Blue Y Gold and Curlins Queen, while on Sunday, Stidham’s four runners comprise A Noble Calling, Gossip Mill, Astronomer and Lollipop.
Check back in again next week for all the news of the weekend action.