Thumb_russo Nicole Russo , 01/02/2019 - DRF Breeding Live Posted : Jan 2, 2019, 10:54 AM

One mare in foal to Battle of Midway set for KeeJan

Battle of Midway was retired to stud after winning the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, but was found to be subfertile and was returned to training. He continues to compete in stakes company – and that could spike the value of the handful of foals that will be born to him.

Battle of Midway, by Smart Strike, covered 61 mares in early 2018, according to The Jockey Club's Report of Mares Bred. According to WinStar Farm, which co-owns and stood Battle of Midway, the stallion impregnated five mares. One of those, La Boheme, will be offered in foal during the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, consigned as Hip 3 to go through the ring early in Monday's Book 1 session.

A Giant’s Causeway mare consigned by Taylor Made Sales as agent, La Boheme is a half-sister to graded stakes winners Electrify and Rothko, as well as stakes producers Cream Only, Kinsey, Brilliancy, and Cuckoo Sue. La Boheme was also entered for Keeneland November, but was scratched and now appears in this spot.

Battle of Midway, out of Grade 1 winner Rigoletta, finished third in the 2017 Kentucky Derby before winning the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes, Shared Belief Stakes, and Dirt Mile in what was supposed to be his career finale. Since returning to the races in August, he has won the Grade 2 Native Diver Stakes and Comma to the Top Stakes, and has finished second in both the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien and Grade 2 San Antonio.