For the Stidham barn, this year has begun like the last one ended – in sizzling form!
Take this week, for example, which has thrown up a couple nice winners Thursday at Sam Houston and Fair Grounds.
The Thad Ackel and Kaladin-owned Kizzy B finally broke her maiden at the Texan track in admirable fashion, helping to press the pace all the way before knuckling down to win by a head under Ry Eikleberry. This 5yo mare deserved to get her head in front, which helped in the process to enhance this daughter of Ghostzapper’s paddock value.
Over at Fair Grounds that same afternoon, Dare to Dream Stable’s Starburst made it four wins out of six starts with a fine performance under Reylu Gutierrez, again leading for much of the way before drawing clear to win by nearly two lengths.
What an admirable strike rate this son of Upstart has pieced together already, and as a lightly-raced 4yo, Starburst probably has some more improvement left in him.
And now for the weekend entries:
Shishito (IRE) – Race 4, Maiden Special Weight
Line Change – Race 9, Allowance Optional Claiming $50,000
Solar Tap – Race 1, Maiden Claiming $25,000
Queen of Lies – Race 7, Maiden Special Weight
Lucky Crusader – Race 5, Maiden Claiming $30,000