After winning the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Battle of Midway retires from racing to stud at WinStar Farm. The breeding and ownership group shares the colt with Don Alberto Stables. Talk about going out on top.
Battle of Midway first became notable when he finished second to the speedy Gormley in the 2017 Santa Anita Derby. From there, he shocked the world by finishing 3rd in the 2017 Kentucky Derby behind Always Dreaming and Lookin at Lee. However, throughout the summer, the colt really failed to substantiate himself as a true competitor.
Fortunately, Battle of Midway retires having submitted an excellent trip in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile with a time of 1:35.20, which rates out extremely fast. His connections know that this may have been a milestone moment for the horse as he’s never run faster in his entire career, so capitalizing on this performance was key in the decision.
“We are extremely proud of Battle of Midway and the tremendous performance he put forth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, passing such a fast horse as Sharp Azteca and doing so in such a fast time,” began Elliott Walden, WinStar president & CEO. “His speed figures for that performance are off the charts across the board: negative two on Ragozin, negative four on Thoro-Graph, and 108 Beyer. It was an incredible race that affirmed the ability we always knew he had.”
“Battle of Midway came out of the race in great shape, and it was a very bittersweet decision to make with our partners Don Alberto to retire this horse to stud,” Elliott continued. “Ultimately, we both partnered on him in the first place because we thought he could be the last great son of Smart Strike to carry on that line at stud, so we are sticking to that plan. WinStar and Don Alberto are very committed to supporting Battle of Midway with world-class mares, because we both believe he possesses the pedigree, looks, conformation, and elite miler speed to become a very important sire.”
Battle of Midway retires with a record of 5-2-2 over 10 starts with $1,249,949 in career earnings. His stud fee will start at $20,000 for the upcoming breeding season.