Two Augusts ago, Thor-Bred Stables’ Eric and Pavla Nygaard sold a son of Smart Strike out of Rigoletta for $410,000 at this sale. Some 24 months hence, Battle of Midway has earned ‘TDN Rising Stardom,” won the GIII Affirmed S. and was placed in the GI Santa Anita Derby and GI Kentucky Derby. During Monday’s opening session at the Spa, the Nygaards tasted even more success when the Medaglia d’Oro yearling half-brother was hammered down to Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Mike Repole for $900,000. A Mar. 3 foal, the bay–whose female family also includes champion and GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Musical Romance (Concorde’s Tune)–was consigned to the sale by Gainesway, agent, as hip 44.
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