Midshipman masters rivals in Futurity
Report: USA, Wednesday
Del Mar: Del Mar Futurity (G1) 7fAW 2yo
A HORSE running in the colours of Sheikh Mohammed was narrowly beaten by a horse who soon will be running in the colours of Sheikh Mohammed when Midshipman put himself very much in the picture for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile by landing the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity.
The Bob Baffert-trained juvenile, who got up in the final stride to defeat Darley's Coronet Of A Baron by a nose, was racing in the colours of Stonerside Stable, whose vast racing and breeding operation was thisweek purchased by Sheikh Mohammed.
Winning rider Tyler Baze, whose mount was taking his record to two wins from two start after a Del Mar debut victory on August 17, told The Blood Horse: "He's very talented, a special horse. Today, it all just worked right. We got a spot going down the backside and then I went wide to get them. He was running all the way."
The victory was the eighth in the Futurity for Bob Baffert, who last won the race in 2002 with Icecoldbeeratreds. The trainer plans to run Midshipman next in the Grade 1 Norfolk Breeders' Cup Stakes on September 28.
Coronet Of A Baron's rider Corey Nakatani said: "He ran his butt off. He ran great. The winner had to go five wide and I'm inside him. But the winner came and got us. What are you going to do?"