‘We Are Very Bullish On This Sire Line’: First Foal Is A Filly For Grade 1 Winner Midnight Storm

by | 01.14.2019 | 5:09pm
Midnight Storm and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO

Taylor Made Stallions' Midnight Storm, a Grade 1-winning millionaire by Pioneerof the Nile, sired his first reported foal on Sunday evening, Jan. 13.

Bred by Bob Liewald, the filly is out of Like a Hurricane, a 2-year-old maiden special weight winner on debut at Churchill Downs.

“This is a really nice foal and she looks a lot like Midnight Storm,” said Travis White, stallion nominations manager at Taylor Made. “We are very excited for her owner Bob Liewald who was actually a part of the Little Red Feather syndicate group that raced Midnight Storm along with Alex Venneri.

“With the success of Pioneerof the Nile and the great start of Cairo Prince's first crop, we are very bullish on this sire line right now,” White added, “and with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's first crop of 2-year-olds gearing up for the racetrack, we couldn't be more excited about Midnight Storm's future.”

Campaigned by Alex Venneri Racing and Little Red Feather Racing, Midnight Storm was a speedy and versatile miler who won seven graded stakes on both dirt and turf, with six coming in Grade 1 and Grade 2 races, including a victory in the G1 Shoemaker Mile, where he defeated eventual Breeders' Cup Mile winner Tourist, and a wire-to-wire win over subsequent Breeders' Cup Classic winner Accelerate in the G2 San Pasqual Stakes. All told, he banked $1,783,110 in a stellar racing career.

Midnight Storm covered 119 mares in his first book and stands his second season at stud for $10,000 S&N.

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