The Stidham stable walked away from the weekend with a fine graded stakes win courtesy of the exciting Princess Grace today, along with with a lovely double courtesy of nice winners at Woodbine and Delaware Park Saturday.
This afternoon at Park Racing, John and Susan Moore’s Princess Grace negotiated the traffic well to win the G3 $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes, over 1 and 1/16th miles on the turf.
A winner last time out of the G2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs, Princess Grace showed tremendous talent, speed and guts to prevail again today under jockey Joe Bravo. This lightly raced daughter of Karakontie is fast rocketing up the ranks and it’ll be tremendously exciting to see where Mike sends her next.
At the Delaware track on Saturday, the 3-year-old Godolphin-owned Curlin filly, Takingtimeoff, produced an eye-catching performance to break her maiden under Mychel Sanchez. Having only the fourth start of her career, she led nearly all the way before passing the post a length too good for the rest. A well bred filly, she’s done her paddock value no harm whatsoever with that win.
Across the border in Canada, the Speedway Stables and Stone farm owned Advocating won her third start in a row, scrapping out a neck victory under Gary Boulanger. Another well-bred filly (by Uncle Mo out of the former Stidham-trained graded stakes winning Leigh Court), Advocating has been expertly placed thus far, and the manner of her victory suggests the glory days are far from over!
Now for the rest of the week’s entries:
Dreaming of Gerry – Race 4, Maiden Special Weight
Away to Return – Race 7, Maiden Special Weight
Peace Nicker – Race 2, Maiden Claiming
Barleewon – Race 7, Starter Optional Claiming
Cask – Race 8, Maiden Claiming