TDN RISING STARS

January 21, 2017 - Santa Anita, Race 7, Msw, USD $54,000, 6F

Battle of Midway, c, 3, 2014 by Smart Strike

1st Dam: Rigoletta (GISW, $184,070), by Concerto
2nd Dam: Almost Aprom Queen, by Montbrook
3rd Dam: Romantic Dinner, by Who's for Dinner

Owner: Fox Hill Farms, Inc
Breeder: Thor-Bred Stables, LLC (KY)
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Battle of Midway became the latest “TDN Rising Star” for Fox Hill Farms and Jerry Hollendorfer, who also campaign champion and “TDN Rising Star” Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro), with a professional debut victory in Arcadia Saturday evening. Pressing from a head second through a sharp first quarter in :21.67, the $410,000 FTSAUG buy drew even with the pacesetter approaching the far turn. Taking over with ease as they hit the half in :44.42, the 3-1 shot effortlessly rolled clear in the lane to win by 3 1/4 lengths over Palmer’s Way (Gemologist). The winner’s dam Rigoletta captured 2010 GI Oak Leaf S. for Thor-Bred Stable and trainer Dan Hendricks following a third-place finish in the GI Darley Debutante S. Battle of Midway is her second foal, but first to make it to the races. The 9-year-old mare has since produced the juvenile filly Gold Arrow (Medaglia d’Oro) and a yearling colt by that same Darley sire. She was bred back to Empire Maker. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $32,400.

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