‘He Gave Us So Much’: Battle Of Midway Breaks Down During Breeze, Euthanized

by | 02.23.2019 | 1:23pm
Battle of Midway and jockey Flavien Prat, left, outleg McKinzie (Mike Smith), right, to win the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes

Don Alberto Stable and WinStar Farm's Battle of Midway suffered a fractured pastern in a hing leg during a workout on Saturday at Santa Anita, according to bloodhorse.com, and was subsequently euthanized due to the severity of his injuries.

“Terrible. Terrible game. He broke down. He shattered his pastern in his hind leg,” said Fernando Diaz-Valdes, Don Alberto's racing manager. “We want to do anything possible to save the horse, but the vets say there's no way. There's too many pieces. We are trying. We want to do anything to save the horse, because he gave us so much.”

The 5-year-old son of Smart Strike finished third in the Kentucky Derby and won the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile in his sophomore season, and was retired to stud before being found infertile. Returned to training, Battle of Midway won three of his next six starts and was targeting the 2019 Dubai World Cup. Overall, the horse won eight of 16 starts for earnings over $1.5 million.

Battle of Midway is reported to have impregnated five mares of the 61 he covered, and was represented by his first foal, a filly born at Chesapeke Farm, on Feb. 7.

Read more at bloodhorse.com.


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