Battle of Midway cruises in Grade 3 Affirmed S.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Battle of Midway, freshened after a solid third in the Kentucky Derby (G1), returned to the races Saturday at Santa Anita Park in the $100,000 Affirmed S. (G3) and came away with a front-running 4 1/4-length victory.

The 3-year-old colt owned by Don Alberto Stable and WinStar Farm has never been worse than third in six lifetime starts and has now earned $550,000.  Prior to the Run for the Roses, Battle of Midway ran second in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and third in the San Vicente S. (G2).

With just four runners in the starting gate, jockey Flavien Prat sent Battle of Midway right to the front, carving out modest fractions of :48.88 for the half-mile and 1:12.86 for six furlongs, before drawing off in the stretch to win in hand in 1:43.25 for the 1 1/16-miles on the fast main track.

“I think he’s showing that he’s coming into being a good horse and able to run against top competition. We want to look at that race (the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Inv., July 30 at Monmouth Park). That’s the race that we’ve talked about. That doesn’t mean we’re absolutely going to do that (run in it). There are a few real tough horses that might go in that race, but we might run in there anyway.” 

The Haskell annual draws one of the toughest field of 3-year-olds after the Triple Crown. 

Battle of Midway is by Smart Strike and is the first foal out of Rigoletta, winner of the 2010 Oak Leaf S. (G1). 
Super Steed sweeps to victory in $500,000 Southwest S. (G3) title=
Super Saver

Super Steed sweeps to victory in $500,000 Southwest S. (G3)

Super Saver's TDN Rising Star is now a graded stakes winner after a thrilling score in the $500,000 Southwest S. (G3) on Presidents' Day at Oaklawn Park...

[read more]

Harvey Wallbanger rides the rail to victory in the Holy Bull S. (G2) title=
Congrats

Harvey Wallbanger rides the rail to victory in the Holy Bull S. (G2)

Congrats got his first stakes winner of 2019 in thrilling fashion on Saturday when Harvey Wallbanger came from last to first in the final three furlongs to win the $350,000 Holy Bull S. (G2)...

[read more]

Battle of Midway shows his heart to take San Pasqual S. (G2) title=

Battle of Midway shows his heart to take San Pasqual S. (G2)

Don Alberto Stable's and WinStar Farm's Battle of Midway prevailed over McKinzie by a half-length after a spirited stretch duel in Saturday's $200,000 San Pasqual S. (G2)...

[read more]

Dawn the Destroyer sets major milestone for Speightstown title=
Speightstown

Dawn the Destroyer sets major milestone for Speightstown

Speightstown became just the sixth active North American sire to get 100 black type stakes winners on Jan. 25 when Dawn the Destroyer captured the $100,000 Interborough S...

[read more]

Justify crowned Horse of the Year & 3YO Champ title=

Justify crowned Horse of the Year & 3YO Champ

Justify's historic Triple Crown and undefeated season in 2018 earned the colt both Horse of the Year and champion Male 3-year-old honors at Thursday evening's Eclipse Awards...

[read more]

Roy H wins second straight Male Champion Sprinter Eclipse Award title=
More Than Ready

Roy H wins second straight Male Champion Sprinter Eclipse Award

More Than Ready's brilliant son Roy H collected his second award as Champion Male Sprinter on Thursday evening at the Eclipse Award Ceremony...

[read more]

Tiznow filly strikes big in career debut at Santa Anita Park title=
Tiznow

Tiznow filly strikes big in career debut at Santa Anita Park

Flor de La Mar, a $500,000 Saratoga Yearling in 2018, cruised to a five-length victory in her unveiling Jan. 20 at Santa Anita...

[read more]

Roy H all class once again in Grade 2 Palos Verdes S. title=
More Than Ready

Roy H all class once again in Grade 2 Palos Verdes S.

Roy H's four-length score in Saturday's $200,000 Palos Verdes S. (G2) proved that the son of More Than Ready is as good as ever as he gears up for his 2019 campaign...

[read more]

Paynter filly kicks off 2019 with Silverbulletday S. victory title=
Paynter

Paynter filly kicks off 2019 with Silverbulletday S. victory

Needs Supervision made the jump into stakes company in Saturday's $150,000 Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds and came away with a three-quarter length victory...

[read more]

Exaggerator's first yearling of 2019 hammers for $125,000 at Keeneland title=
Exaggerator

Exaggerator's first yearling of 2019 hammers for $125,000 at Keeneland

The new year opened with a bang for Exaggerator on Jan. 7 when his first-ever yearling offered at auction sold for $125,000...

[read more]