Dual Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute (orange colours on the right) will stand his first season at stud for $20,000PICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Midnight Lute to
stand at Hill 'n' Dale
MIDNIGHT Lute, who is the first horse to win the Breeders' Cup Sprint twice, has been retired to stud at Hill ‘n' Dale Farm in Kentucky. He will stand his first season next year at a fee of $20,000.
Midnight Lute was crowned US champion sprinter last season despite spending the summer on the sidelines recuperating from a throat procedure. However, he returned in the autumn to capture the Grade 1 Forego Stakes over 7f before turning in a sensational display to land the Breeders' Cup Sprint in the slop at Monmouth Park by four and three quarter lengths.
The five-year-old, who was hailed as "the best horse I have ever trained" by trainer Bob Baffert after he returned from injury to score at Santa Anita last weekend, retires as the winner of six races and $2,690,600 in earnings.
The first son of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Real Quiet to retire to stud, Midnight Lute is out of the unraced Dehere mare Candytuft and from the family of Irish Oaks runner-up Alydar's Best.