Another weekend, another weekend of scintillating action!
After Proxy’s barnstorming run in last weekend’s Santa Anita “Big Cap” Handicap, when he came with a wet sail to land a highly admirable second place finish, we turn our attention tomorrow to Fair Grounds, and another stab at the black type pie for CJ Thoroughbreds’ Hang the Moon.
We here at the Stidham stable have been made aware of a video being shared widely on social media appearing to show one of the stable’s employees treating a horse in his care in a manner incompatible with the barn’s typically extremely high standards of horsemanship.
Michael Stidham has the following statement on the incident:
“Regarding the actions taken by one of my employees before the 4th race on Feb. 23 at Turfway Park: The Michael Stidham Racing Stable condemns any mistreatment or abuse of horses in any form. This type of behavior, for any reason, is unacceptable in my stable and inexcusable.
“The actions taken by this trusted employee of more than 20 years are entirely out of character. He has been reprimanded and reminded that any mistreatment of any horse under my care is unacceptable and abhorrent. Accountability in our sport is absolutely necessary and I take complete responsibility for this incident.
“I apologize to the racing public, Turfway Park, and all affected parties. I will speak to Turfway Park stewards and accept any action taken against my stable or my employee. We pride ourselves on providing the best care possible for our horses and will reemphasize stable standards after this regrettable incident.”
Susan and John Moore look like they’ve a useful one on their hands, with Catnip’s maiden victory at Colonial Downs on Tuesday – a nice precursor for the same owners’ Princess Grace, who’s making a latest attempt at a top flight victory tomorrow in the G1 Beverly D Stakes at Churchill Downs.
There’s a mouthwatering weekend of action ahead of us, with big race runners from the Stidham stable at Ellis Park, with Gershwin contesting the KY Downs TVG Preview Dueling Grounds Derby, and at Del Mar, with Princess Grace going for gold in the G2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap.
Another weekend, another fantastic big race winner for the the all-conquering Godolphin-Stidham duo when Gerswin (a half brother to their Dubai World Cup winning Mystic Guide) produced a career-best performance to claim the $300,000 G3 Penn-Mile Stakes at Penn National Friday evening.
After the high-octane excitement of the past few weekends, which has seen Stidham superstars Mystic Guide and Micheline produce a couple of world class performances, this coming weekend promises a less explosive menu of action, but one no less satisfying as a result, however!
At Belmont Park today, Pixelate is one of eight to line up in the G1 $250,000 Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes, in a bid to follow-up on his rollicking G2 win last time. But before we take a look at his chances, let’s take a look at a brace of wins this week for the barn.
After a fantastic couple of days of action last week, when the Stidham barn picked up a couple of fantastic Grade Two victories courtesy of Pixelate and Mystic Guide for Godolphin, the same connection’s Micheline produced a career-best performance on Wednesday to claim the $500,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Oaks at Kentucky Downs.
The stable has suffered a touch of second-itis this week (two seconds out of two runners yesterday at Belmont Park!), but we’ll be hoping to correct that this weekend with a great few days of action headlined by Synchrony’s star turn in the $150,000 G2 Fort Marcy Stake at Belmont Park.
Here at Stidham Racing, we’ve said time and time again that we wouldn’t have had nearly the level of success we’ve had for so long without the incredible work put in by our tremendous team of staff.
And so, we’ve decided it’s time that you, our loyal supporters, got to know the folks toiling tirelessly behind the scenes.
To do this, we thought it would be cool to put the team through a Q&A as a “getting to know you” exercise. Our latest victim is assistant trainer, Francisco Serrano!
The Stidham stable has enjoyed a couple of nice winners these past few days at Tampa Bay Downs, including a rewarding victory indeed for Channel Surfer, owned by e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Magic Cap Stables, and having his first start for nearly 20 months.
With the country still largely on shut-down thanks to Covid-19, there’s very little live racing at the moment, understandably, with the exception of a handful of tracks. That includes Tampa Bay Downs, where the stable’s Volador was a nice winner the end of last week.
The ol’ black gold is one of the foundational pillars of this great country, so it’s only right that the Black Gold Stakes is one of the foundational pillars of the action at Fair Grounds this weekend, in which the stable’s Pixelate is a leading contender.