Mike Stidham
Trainer Bios

Mike Stidham

Born: December 18, 1957 in Neptune, N.J.

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 50

Stakes Wins: 8

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 1994 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park with Two Altazano.

First Stakes Win: 1980 Independence at Louisiana Downs with Me Good Man.

First Graded Stakes Win: 1988 John B. Campbell (G3) at Pimlico with Manzotti.

First Career Win: 1980

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass


Year

Horse

Finish

2011

Willcox Inn

8th

At Keeneland


Won the First Lady (G1) during the 2017 Falll Meet with Zipessa.

Won the 2015 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (G1) with Her Emmynency.

Won first Keeneland race during the 1998 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2000 Appalachian with Impending Bear. He won the race the following year with Bold Answer.

Trained Upperline to win the 2012 Grey Goose Bewitch (G3) and Rood & Riddle Dowager. He co-owned Upperline with Stone Farm, John H. Adger and Oakcrest Farm.

 

Career


North American career earnings exceed $55 million for 1,815 wins through January 29, 2018.

2017 earnings were $3,673,175 with 106 wins, including the First Lady (G1) with Zipessa during the Keeneland Fall Meet.

2016 earnings were a career-best $3,747,718 with 105 wins, including the Dr. James Penny Memorial (G3) with Zipessa and the Whimsical (G3) with Leigh Court.

2015 earnings were $3,106,321 with 89 wins, including the Unbridled Sidney at Churchill with Katie’s Eyes.

​2014 earnings were $3,348,203 with 80 wins, including the San Clemente (G2) and Arlington Classic (G3) with Istanford and the Iowa Derby (G3) with Jessica’s Star.

Won 1,000th race on Feb. 1, 2008, at Sam Houston Race Park with Exoteric.

Background


Mike’s late father, George Stidham, was a jockey and trainer. He served as Racing Hall of Fame jockey Bill Hartack’s business manager and part-time agent before he became a 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 there with a string of horses. Stidham saddled his first career winner in 1980 before moving to California in the early 1980s to train for Elmendorf Farm when it was owned by Maxwell Gluck. He returned to Florida after two years and became the private trainer for the LaCroix family’s Meadowbrook Farm.