Midnight Storm tops big day at Del Mar for Pioneerof the Nile
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Pioneerof the Nile's top turf star Midnight Storm scored his third consecutive stakes victory on Sunday with a game half-length tally in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile H. (G2) to become racing's newest millionaire

With just a field of five, Rafael Bejarano sent Midnight Storm straight to the front, zipping through a half-mile in :46.66 and six furlongs in 1:10.64. Om, a multiple graded stakes winner in his own right, made a run at Midnight Storm, but the dark bay 5-year-old held on to get the victory in 1:33.92. 

"I felt like he had it under control the whole way, but I was kind of surprised to see that big kick Om had in the stretch and it got pretty close for a while," Midnight Storm's trainer Phil D'Amato said. 

Winner of the Shoemaker Mile (G1) and Eddie Read S. (G2) in his previous two starts, Midnight Storm is now 8-3-0 in 18 starts and has earned $1,1010,110. The Kentucky-bred is owned by A. Venneri Racing and Little Red Feather Racing.

Sire of eight stakes winners in 2016, Pioneerof the Nile got a daily double at Del Mar when Irish Storm also won, taking his maiden special weight debut for trainer Bob Baffert. The colt was a $285,000 purchase by Jerry Crawford at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling sale.
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