A good week of results for the Stidham barn could be capped with a big win or two this weekend!
Let’s begin with last Sunday, when Family Tree Racing’s homebred gelding, Jack a Rose, garnered his third career win at Fair Grounds. Given a lovely front running ride by Colby Hernandez, Jack a Rose, wasn’t for catching, and passed the post a length too good.
This five-year-old Midshipman gelding is still relatively lightly raced, and so, maybe even more improvement could be expected from him.
Then yesterday at Turfway Park, Jubilee Bridge got her first Stateside victory in equally satisfying fashion, nearer last than first before flying at the end, drawing away by more than three lengths.
Lael Stables’ daughter of Flintshire has been in good form this year, and it’ll be exciting to see where Jubilee Bridge appears again.
And now for the weekend!
Tomorrow at Santa Anita, the stable’s superstar Proxy returns to action in the $500,000 Santa Anita “Big Cap” Handicap, a 1 and 1/4 mile G1 contest. A G1 winner already (the Clark Stakes at Churchill Downs last November), Proxy is drawn on the outside of 11 runners tomorrow, and is a 4-1 shot on the Morning line to make it G1 number two under John Velazquez.
Over at Fair Grounds tomorrow, the exciting young colt Tapio is taking a step up into black type company in the $75,000 Black Gold Stakes, a 1 and 1/16th mile turf contest. This son of Blame hasn’t been sighted since last June, when he broke his maiden stylishly. Drawn 2 of 8 tomorrow, Tapio is a 12-1 shot to maintain his 100% record under Reylu Guttierez.