Welcome to the website of Mike Stidham, one of the nation’s leading racehorse trainers. For over thirty-five years, Stidham has shown himself to be one of those rare trainers capable of coaxing the very best from the horses in his care, while always keeping their health and wellbeing at the forefront of his concerns. And the results speak for themselves.

Last year, the Stidham barn had an outstanding time of it, finishing the season among the top echelons of the sport with 68 wins on the board and $4,495,091 in overall prize-money earned–incredibly, the fourth time in a row he’s topped the $4 million mark–along with a fantastic 19% win rate that included a host of big race victories, none bigger than Proxy’s well-deserved win in the G1 Clark Stakes. Stidham’s 2022 big race haul also included Princess Grace’s G3 victory in the prestigious Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes, along with a host of other big race wins that made it a year never to forget.

As you can see, year in, year out, Stidham’s results reveal a shrewd and canny handler with a keen eye for finding the right spots for his horses. Underlying those results, however, is a more fundamental factor in Stidham’s continued success: his rare understanding of the racehorse and his intuitive ability to know when to forge on with a horse and when to give it the time needed to mature. These talents combined are a potent mix, and they’re the reason why Stidham is one of the most revered and prolific trainers in the nation.


Grade one:
Proxy – Clark Stakes, 2022
Mystic Guide – Dubai World Cup, 2021
Zipessa – First Lady Stakes, 2017
Her Emmynency – Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, 2015
Sutra – Frizette Stakes, 2006
Two Altazano – Coaching Club American Oaks, 1994

Grade two:
Princess Grace – Yellow Ribbon Handicap, 2021
Micheline – Hillsborough Stakes, 2021
Princess Grace – Mrs. Revere Stakes, 2020
Pixelate – Del Mar Derby, 2020
Mystic Guide – Jim Dandy Stakes, 2020
Synchrony – King Edward Stakes, 2019
Synchrony – Muniz Memorial Handicap, 2018
Istanford – San Clemente Handicap, 2014
Willcox Inn – American Derby, 2011
Workin For Hops – American Derby, 2010
Tizaqueena – Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes, 2009
Two Altazano – Fantasy Stakes, 1994
Two Altazano – Monmouth Oaks, 1994

Grade three:
Princess Grace – Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes, 2022
Pixelate – WinStar Mint Million Stakes, 2021
Princess Grace – Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes, 2021
Princess Grace – Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes, 2021
Gershwin – Penn Mile Stakes, 2021
Mystic Guide – Razorback Handicap, 2021
Alms – Matron Stakes, 2019
Alms – Jimmy Durante Stakes, 2019
Synchrony – Fair Grounds Handicap, 2019
Elsa – Jimmy Durante Stakes, 2018
Proforma – Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint, 2018
Synchrony – Red Bank Stakes, 2018
Synchrony – Oceanport Stakes, 2018
Synchrony – Fair Grounds Handicap, 2018
Zipessa – Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes, 2016
Leigh Court – Whimsical Stakes, 2016
Jessica’s Star – Iowa Derby, 2014
Istanford – Arlington Classic Stakes, 2014
Willcox Inn – Washington Park Handicap, 2013
Upperline – Arlington Matron Stakes, 2012
Upperline – Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes, 2012
Willcox Inn – Hawthorne Derby, 2011
Gran Estreno – Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap, 2011
Workin For Hops – Hanshin Cup Handicap, 2011
Gran Estreno – Washington Park Handicap, 2010
Tizaqueena – Arlington Matron Stakes, 2010
Comedero – Chick Lang S. presented by Apple Ford, 2010
Upperline – Arlington Oaks, 2010
Gran Estreno – Washington Park Handicap, 2009
Texas Fever – Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes, 2009
Whimsy – Iowa Oaks, 2005
Culinary – Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes, 2004
Where’s Taylor – Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap, 2000
Desert Air – Razorback Handicap, 1999
Manzotti – Canterbury Cup Handicap, 1988
Manzotti – Trenton Handicap, 1988
Manzotti – John B. Campbell Handicap, 1988