Bred to 60 mares this spring, Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Battle of Midway was only able to impregnate five, according to drf.com. As such, he has been returned to training at Keeneland under the care of Rodolphe Brisset, with long-term plans to return the horse to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's barn in Southern California.
Insurance company Great American reportedly paid out the subfertility claim, taking temporary ownership of Battle of Midway. WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable then re-purchased the horse from Great American to put him back into training (he never left WinStar throughout this process).
WinStar's Elliott Walden said that the 4-year-old was missing a gene that impacted the fertilization process.
“This is why you buy insurance,” said Walden.
Read more at drf.com.
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