A threesome of victories at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, La., gave the jockey-trainer combination of Joe Bravo and Michael Stidham something extra to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day.
Together, Bravo and Stidham teamed up to win three races on Thursday afternoon's card with Superioritycomplex (Ire.) (Race 6, $8.00), Zumurudee (Race 8, $4.00) and Credit Swap (Race 10, $4.20). All three victories took place over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course.
“It's nice to be back on the Stidham team,” Bravo said. “I'm just thankful to be going around in circles. All the horses ran great today; even the ones that got beat ran well.”
Both Superioritycomplex and Zumurudee were horses that moved to the Stidham barn following a campaign in Great Britain. The former of the two, a 4-year-old son of Hard Spun, scored his second United States victory on Thanksgiving Day. He won his American debut at Arlington International Racecourse on August 18 after having been on the shelf for over a year. A 4-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, Zumurudee was making his sixth start in the United States on Thanksgiving which was also his first win in America.
“We were live with everything we had today,” Stidham said. “Proforma ran a huge (second) in the Thanksgiving Handicap and everything that ran today we thought we had a shot with. We were lucky to win three. I'm very thankful.”
The holiday finale was won by Credit Swap, which was the 2-year-old son of Exchange Rate's first start since a sixth-place finish in the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland on October 7.
“(Credit Swap) has already run big in the stake at Keeneland,” Stidham said. “Certainly we'll look at options for him. We'll also consider stretching him out at some point. He's by Exchange Rate but out of a female family that all ran two turns.”
Credit Swap is out of the Fantastic Light broodmare Fantastic Shirl, who is a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Perfect Shirl and multiple Grade I winner Shakespeare.
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