"Trainer mike stidham who has a very busy night ahead of him. He has seven horses entered on this colonial downs program starting with the first maiden special weight going all the way through to the grade three new kent county virginia derby and he is with us now here on the equine forum mike good morning and happy virginia derby day hey morning. Thanks for having me your going to be a busy night for you. <hes> you know the sensational philly and the virginia oaks and then credit swap he actually have to in the virginia oaks. You you have to the kitten's joy. <hes> how you gonna keep it all straight my man well we got. We got good help over here. The horses arrived early this morning and <music>. I'm actually at the barn now. Everybody's shipped well so we're <hes> we're hoping for a big evening. You've got <hes> tasting tasting the stars. Who's of virginia brad. That's gotta be pretty cool you. You've been getting a lot of attention for that. Yeah <hes> there's been a couple of guys by the bar and wanting to take pictures pictures of her and <hes> you know hopefully she's going to be a a good representative for <hes> state virginia. You know mike she so versatile to we'll start with the ladies first during the virginia. Okay we'll start with the star of the show so to speak tasing stars who is probably gonna go post. What is the favorite. She's so versatile <hes> she's one as i mentioned going long on the dirt earlier this year at the fairgrounds dense comes comes back in turf debut in wins impressively that day what's what's impressed you most about tasting stars well. I mean the bottom line with tasting. The stars is she's. She's very talented and very athletic. Athletic and her dam was successful on on both services so when we came off a little a little bit of a layoff off from february to july we were looking for a spot for her and there really wasn't a good dirt option at that time <hes> and so we just decided that <hes> you know it was time to go ahead and test the grass and <hes> she went out there and did or thing and ran really well how on on that surface just like. She did on the dirt so she. She's one of those horses that <hes> you know seems like she'll run on just about anything. Was that a little scary to run on the turf awfully yeah it certainly was. I mean you know anytime. You're you're trying something new with these sources. You never know how it's going to go into. You actually get out there and do it. You can make all the predictions you want in the world but bottom line is they gotta go out there and show up and and get the job done and she did just that so <hes> certainly her winning. That race is giving us. You know the confidence to come back in a race like this tonight. It's been one of the hallmarks of your career not afraid to take a chance. If you think you can win the race you just go ahead didn't do it. You don't worry too much about what people think are. Are that type of thing but yet your horses are are very consistent run through their conditions and you do things the right way but you're not afraid to step out so to speak well. We've always believed that <hes> you know if you've gotta talented horse <hes> and there's a race <hes> wherever it may be if if it's real within reasonable shipping distance and you can get them there safely <hes> it's worshiping i shipping and and taking a shot <hes> in different spots around the country and that's you know we've been lucky to be successful in doing that so <hes> with colonial down reopening this year having a presence in the mid atlantic with the enabled at fair hill and mom it made sense to <hes> you know come here"