After capturing the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile purse earlier in November at Del Mar, Battle of Midway has been retired from racing. The 3-year-old son of Smart Strike will spend the 2018 breeding season in Kentucky at WinStar Farm for a stud fee of $20,000.
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Battle of Midway won half of his 10 starts including wins in the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes and listed Shared Belief Stakes. He finished third in this year’s Kentucky Derby and second in Santa Anita Derby. His Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile win brought his career earnings to $1,249,949.
“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,” WinStar president Elliott Walden told Daily Racing Form. “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,” Walden added. “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 was the initial racer out of the Grade 1-winning Concerto mare Rigoletta. His 108 Beyer speed figure marked the second fastest by a Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner behind only Liam’s Map over the last six years.
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