On the double!

The Stidham stable notched up two more victories at Arlington over the weekend, along with another fine performance by Zipessa in the Grade I Beverly D Stakes, all of which means that the name atop the trainer’s standings at the Chicago track still begins with an S and ends with an M.

On Saturday, Lewis Vale led from start to finish to record his first win this year for owners DARRS, Inc, though Stidham’s nearest pursuer for the trainer’s title, Larry Rivelli, subsequently claimed the four-year-old gelding. That same afternoon, Zipessa ran a barn-stormer for owners Empyrean Stables to finish third in a high class renewal of the Grade I Beverly D Stakes. Always putting her best foot forward, Zipessa’s turn to win a race of this nature will surely arrive sooner rather than later.

Yesterday, Maluku ran out a fine winner on only her second racecourse appearance, proving in doing so that she’s yet another exciting juvenile for mega-owners, Godolphin (who similarly own last week’s scintillating Stidham debutant Zunino).

A two-year-old filly by Street Cry, Maluku didn’t get the best of trips at the start of the race, but she couldn’t have finished the contest any more encouragingly, whizzing past the finish line a length-and-a-half too good under jockey Carlos Marquez. Her best days surely lie ahead.

Exciting times indeed!

Here’s a look at this week’s entries:


Nyoman – Race 3, Claiming $5,000
Fashion Hill – Race 4, Claiming $16,000
Creeker’s Cat – Race 7, Allowance
Securely – Race 8, Maiden Special Weight
Texas Special – Race 8, Maiden Special Weight


Ellis Park
Larkin – Race 5, Maiden Special Weight

Redmoor – Race 7, Claiming
Euroboss – Race 8, Maiden Special Weight


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