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Mike Stidham

Mike Stidham

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Michael Stidham was born into horse racing. His father George Stidham, was a jockey and trainer. George also served as Bill Hartack’s business manager and part-time agent before becoming a trainer.

Mike learned the trade under the watchful eye of his father, from the ground up. Starting out as a hotwalker and groom, working up to a position as an assistant trainer.

Mike spent two years in college, setting his sights on becoming a veterinarian before deciding to become a trainer. He worked for his father in south Florida and began training on his own at Tampa Bay Downs in 1978 when his father sent him to the Gulf Coast with horses that did not fit at Gulfstream Park.

In 1979 Mike saddled his first career winner. He moved to California in the early 1980s and trained for Elmendorf Farm when it was owned by Max Gluck. Returning to Florida after two years out west, Mike assumed a private training job with the LaCroix family's Meadowbrook Farm.

Mike has found his niche in the Midwest the past several years, in Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, and Illinois, where he maintains a high-percentage outfit.



Grade I Winners:
  • Her Emmynency
  • Sutra
  • Two Altazano
Graded Stakes Winners:
  • Comedero
  • Culinary
  • Desert Air
  • Gran Estreno (Arg)
  • Istanford
  • Jessica's Star
  • Leigh Court
  • Manzotti
  • Texas Fever
  • Tizaqueena
  • Upperline
  • Where's Taylor
  • Whimsy
  • Willcox Inn
  • Workin for Hops
  • Zipessa