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Been a few days. Managed to write my own journal on the desk, but not the published journal here. And so it goes…

Mike Stidham and Hilary Pridham won their biggest race, the Dubai World Cup, with Mystic Guide Saturday. Godolphin homebred. I delved into the archives to find the Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour, dated June 25 on my file.

Mystic Guide: Stidham’s octave raises when asked about the 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper and Music Note, owned and bred by Godolphin. “That’s the big hope. He was a late comer, he had some little issues before he got to us. Man, when he came in, he was one of those strong, pretty chestnuts with white legs and a white face. He showed everything, class and talent right off the bat. We loved him going into his first race but it was Louisiana Derby Day, the maiden race was a mile and an eighth so we decided to sprint him. He got shuffled back early, then came running on a speed-favoring track, he got beat a length and a quarter. When we ran him back long, he drew off and won easily. After that we had the Covid quarantine, we had nowhere to go with him, we were thinking about running him in a stake and said, ‘Let’s do the right thing by him.’ We ran him in the one-turn mile and a sixteenth at Belmont, which was a huge speed-favoring track that day. Tap It To Win jumped out on a huge lead and drew off, our horse never had a chance to get to him. He galloped out with him around the turn. Numbers wise, he ran an 8 when he broke his maiden, in the allowance race, he ran another 8. I love that pattern 8-8 going into his next race. We’re looking at three races, the Haskell, the Blue Grass, the Indiana Derby. One of those, depending on who’s going where and what looks like the right spot for us. We love him.”

Mystic Guide didn’t go to any of those three races, instead he finished third in the Peter Pan, won the Jim Dandy and finished second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Freshened for the winter, he came back to win the Razorback and then the Dubai World Cup. 

“…That’s the big hope.”

A well-deserved win by horsemen and horse. 

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