06/21/2010 11:00PM

Stidham stakes horses keep rolling


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Mike Stidham's weekend followed a trend his barn has been following for weeks, with stakes success overflowing, but far more meager returns in overnight races.

It's a trend any trainer would trade for.

From Friday through Monday, Stidham went 0-2-0 with four overnight stakes starters, He as 3-1-1 with stakes horses during the same period. Since May 1, Stidham has won seven overnight races, while putting together a 6-2-3 record with 13 stakes starters.

The horses Stidham sent to Virginia last weekend, Tizaqueena (third in the All Along Stakes) and Workin for Hops (second in the Colonial Turf Cup) are back at Arlington now, looking no worse for their travels, Stidham said Tuesday morning. The horse Stidham ran at Charles Town, Comedero, is back with Stidham's string at Delaware Park, only a little worse for wear, and ready for stiffer competition later this summer.

Comedero won the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes on Saturday night by 2 1/4 lengths while being eased through the final half-furlong, running his 2010 record to 5 for 5, and his career mark to 8 for 9. Stidham said that Comedero suffered a cut that requires suturing above his ankle on his left hind leg.

"Someone must have stepped on him out of the gate," Stidham said. "He'll miss the track for about a week."

The injury appears to be minor, however, and Comedero should resurface sometime during the Saratoga meet. Stidham said no plans have been set, but that he was inclined at this point to pass the Aug. 2 Amsterdam Stakes and await the King's Bishop on Aug. 28.

"A little middle-of-the-year gap might be a good idea to have a fresh horse at the end of the year," said Stidham.

Tizaqueena probably won't race again until the Beverly D. here Aug. 21, Stidham said, but Workin for Hops, who finished gamely behind Paddy O'Prado on Saturday, is likely to swing back into action in the July 17 American Derby.

At Delaware on Saturday, Stidham-trained A She's Adorable won the $76,050 John C. Rooney Stakes, and will be pointed to the Robert Dick Memorial there on July 17. And at Arlington on Saturday, Secret Kin -- a horse Stidham claimed for himself for $62,500 out of her most recent race -- won the Isaac Murphy Stakes for Illinois-breds.

"She's got some pedigree, and numbers-wise it looked like you could get some more good races out of her," Stidham said of the Secret Kin claim.

And as long as Stidham keeps running her in stakes races, she should be just fine.

Dawnie Macho sold, headed west

A private sale of the 2-year-old filly Dawnie Macho has been completed, and she will fly to California to join trainer John Sadler as soon as suitable travel arrangements can be made.

"She left the barn yesterday," trainer Wayne Catalano said.

As of Tuesday, Dawnie Macho had not gone far: She was about 100 yards away from her old stall, stabled in Stidham's barn before shipping out west.

Dawnie Macho won her career debut here June 12 by five lengths, setting a course record for 4 1/2 furlongs and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 95. A daughter of Macho Uno out of the Montbrook mare Blush of Dawn, Dawnie Macho was purchased at a yearling sale for just $5,000, and she failed to meet a $49,000 reserve at a 2-year-olds in training sale this past spring.

Meanwhile, Catalano unveiled what looked like a possible future stakes horse on Sunday, when Super Robusto won a second-level Polytrack allowance by almost seven lengths. He was timed in 1:23.54 for seven furlongs, and was assigned a Beyer Figure of 98.

Super Robusto had won 2 of 5 racing over dirt on East Coast tracks before joining Catalano's barn this spring.

"He was working like a tank," Catalano said. "We really liked him going into that race."

Super Robusto will be considered for the $150,000 Bold Venture stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs on Polytrack on July 17 at Woodbine.

Gentleman Chester euthanized

Six-year-old Gentleman Chester, one of the better Illinois-bred racehorses of recent seasons, broke down while galloping out after finishing third in the Black Tie Affair Stakes on turf Saturday, and was euthanized because of the severity of his injuries, trainer Ralph Nicks said.

Nicks said Gentleman Chester appeared to have suffered a condylar fracture. Jockey James Graham told Nicks shortly afterward that Gentleman Chester had stumbled before going down.

"I don't know if he just hit a soft spot, or what," Nicks said.

Arlington's turf course was rated yielding for Saturday's races.

"He's one of the soundest horses I've ever been around," Nicks said. "I was still getting on him myself. It's been pretty devastating to me. I pride myself in keeping this from happening."

Gentleman Chester was owned by Nick Mamatas and co-breeder John Kerber. He won three races and earned $276,738.

* Thursday's featured ninth race is for second-level allowance horses and $40,000 claimers, and is carded for about 5 1/2 furlongs on turf. If the race remains on grass, it looks highly contentious, but a rainoff onto Polytrack would let main-track-only Mam Bird into the field, and off two dominating wins this meet, he would be a definite favorite.