Another weekend, another winner for the Mike Stidham stable, with Rock On This delivering the goods in the style of a veteran prizefighter.
Stidham’s four-year-old colt by Rockport Harbor may have been a little hesitant to load, but once the gates opened he proved as willing as Charlie Sheen on a bar crawl. Quick out of the gates, Rock On This was promptly to the head of affairs, dictating the pace on the outside. When the eventual runner-up Duke Of Del Rey rallied at the top of the stretch, Rock On this was forced to dig deep, however – but dig deep he did, prevailing by a neck at the wire. This was Rock On This’ second win in only four starts, and with Stidham’s usual canny eye for finding the right race, he can be placed to win again before the meet ends.
Looking to the week ahead, Jenny June is entered Thursday. On Friday, Stellaris, Notte d’Oro and La Bruna Forte are scheduled to run at Fair Grounds, while at Sam Houston, Indisputable is Stidham’s scheduled representative.
Check back in again later this week for a weekend preview.