Weekend Update

As we roll into the weekend, the Stidham stable will be looking to maintain the good start to the season with a handful of runners including our obligatory big race runner!

At Turfway Park tomorrow, Purrfect is drawn 5 of 12 in the $125,000 Wintergreen Stakes, a mile contest on the all-weather. The Godolphin home-bred is taking a step up in class, but is operating at a 50% strike-rate after six runs. With Fernando De La Cruz on board, Purrfect is a 5-1 shot on the Morning Line to make it win number four tomorrow.

Here’s the rest of the weekend runners: 


Delta Downs
Afikoman – Race 4, Claiming $10,000

Turfway Park
Chameleon – Race 3, Maiden Special Weight  


Fair Grounds
Jack a Rose – Race 5, Claiming $30,000  
Heckled – Race 7, Maiden Special Weight

We also want to use this opportunity to repost a statement that Michael Stidham issued earlier today regarding the actions taken by one of his 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.”


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