Mike Stidham

New Owners Consider Runhappy Travers for South Bend

South Bend (Algorithms), purchased privately by a partnership group that includes Gary Barber, Adam Wachtel, Peter Deutsch and Leonard Schleifer of Pantofel Stable following a runner-up effort in the June 27 GIII Ohio Derby, could make his first start for the new connections in the Aug. 8 GI Runhappy Travers S. "We're leaning toward the Travers," confirmed the colt's new trainer Bill Mott. "The partnership group wants to have a good look at that. He'll work probably the first part of the week." Previously campaigned by Sagamore Farm and trainer...

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Friday’s Racing Insights: Pricey Outwork Filly Debuts at Saratoga

5th-SAR, $62K, Msw, (S), 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 3:28 p.m. ET SAMBORELLA (Outwork), the most expensive of 66 yearlings to change hands from the first crop of her sire when bringing $500,000 from Gold Square, It's All About The Girls Stable, Paul Braverman, Fortune Farm and Harlow Stables at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred Yearling Sale, debuts for Jeremiah Englehart. Produced by an unraced daughter of Tiznow, the bay is a half-sister to Bye Bye Hong Kong (Street Sense), SW & GSP-Eng; and last year's GIII Pilgrim S. third Our...

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Wednesday’s Insights: Stidham Unveils Candy Ride Colt at Tampa

4th-TAM, $20k, Msw, 3yo, 6f, 2:30 p.m. ET BRANCO MARIA (Candy Ride {Arg}) faces seven rivals in this unveiling for trainer Mike Stidham. The sophomore, a $385,000 FTSAUG yearling purchase by Phoenix Thoroughbred III, worked five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 (3/7) at Tampa Bay Downs May 7. The son of two-time Canadian stakes winner Heidi Maria (Rockport Harbor) hails from the extended female family of 'TDN Rising Star' Sweet Whiskey (Old Fashioned), heroine of the 2014 GIII Old Hat S. and runner-up in the GI TVG Acorn S. TJCIS PPs

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Wednesday’s Insights: Calabrese Dreaming of Anna Homebred Debuts at Tampa

8th-TAM, $20K, Msw, 3yo, 1mT, post time: 4:30 p.m. ET Frank Calabrese homebred BIG DREAMING (Declaration of War) makes his debut for conditioner Mike Stidham here. He will be the sixth foal to race out of 2006's champion 2-year-old filly Dreaming of Anna (Rahy), who is already responsible for GSW Dreamologist (Tapit); speedy GISP young sire Fast Anna (Medaglia d'Oro); and SP All Her Class (Street Cry {Ire}), who in turn produced turf SW and dirt GISP With Honors (War Front). Out of MSW and GSP Justenuffheart (Broad Brush), Dreaming...

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Saturday’s Racing Insights: Son of Dreaming of Anna Debuts Makes Tampa Debut

7th-TAM, $20K, Msw, 3yo, 1 1/16mT Frank Calabrese homebred BIG DREAMING (Declaration of War) makes his first start for conditioner Mike Stidham here. He will be the sixth foal to race out of 2006's champion 2-year-old filly Dreaming of Anna (Rahy), who is already responsible for GSW Dreamologist (Tapit); speedy GISP young sire Fast Anna (Medaglia d'Oro); and SP All Her Class (Street Cry {Ire}), who in turn produced turf SW and dirt GISP With Honors (War Front). Out of MSW and GSP Justenuffheart (Broad Brush), Dreaming of Anna is...

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Up-‘Side’ Aplenty for Godolphin, Stidham

When Sheikh Mohammed purchased Stonerside back in 2008, trainers previously employed by Bob McNair's massive operation, such as Mike Stidham, were kept on board provisionally as the acquired stable of runners transitioned to carry the famed maroon-and-white silks of Darley. "The deal was that we were able to stay in with the horses that we had at the time," said Stidham, who saddled the Stonerside-bred Tizaqueena (Tiznow) to a pair of graded tallies as well as Grade I placing at Keeneland for Darley. "And once those horses were retired, we...

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Ghostzapper Colt Romps to Rising Stardom in NOLA

Mystic Guide romped to 'TDN Rising Star'-dom in his second attempt at Fair Grounds Saturday after finishing a troubled third sprinting on debut here Feb. 15. Saving ground in fifth through a :24.07 opening quarter, the flashy chestnut moved off the fence through a :48.59 half-mile. Creeping up two wide on the backstretch, he was four wide turning for home and rolled clear in the lane to win as he pleased. Amani's Eagle (American Pharoah) completed the exacta. Five-time Grade I winner Music Note is also responsible for a juvenile...

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