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Midnight Storm

 

Midnight Storm is not the picky type. Dirt or turf, wet or dry, Midnight Storm is an equal opportunity winner at the upper levels. After finishing third in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Mile, he returns for the championship weekend. He closed last year with a score in the Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar and picked up where he left off by winning the San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita on New Year’s Day. Both races were on dirt where he remains ultra-competitive despite an apparent preference for turf in 2016. Midnight Storm has spent almost his entire career in Southern California where his glitzy record includes five graded stakes victories. Bred in Kentucky by Marjorie Post Dye and co-owner Alex Venneri, Midnight Storm was offered at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale. He failed to reach his owners’ minimum price and was listed as not sold on a final bid of $38,000. He raced for his breeders through his first seven starts including his triumph in the Del Mar Derby in August 2014. After eight months on the sidelines, he returned with a Santa Anita allowance victory with Little Red Feather Racing added to the ownership. “He has gone above and beyond anything we could have imagined,” Billy Koch of Little Red Feather said in an April 17 Blood-Horse post. A Breeders’ Cup victory at Del Mar would surpass Venneri’s childhood dream. The La Canada, California-based mortgage company owner began going to the Del Mar races in his youth with family friends. “(My friend’s father) brought us down to Del Mar in the summer where they had a beach house and showed us around,” Venneri told Thoroughbred Daily News. “I always remember him driving us down that big long driveway at Del Mar. And I said, ‘One day I’m going to do this.’”

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Previous Races

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September 30, 2017Awesome Again S.SANTA ANITA PARK12
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August 20, 2017Del Mar Mile H.DEL MAR24
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May 27, 2017Gold Cup at Santa Anita S.SANTA ANITA PARK14
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April 15, 2017Oaklawn H.OAKLAWN PARK23
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March 11, 2017Santa Anita H. Presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and CasinoSANTA ANITA PARK12
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January 01, 2017San Pasqual S.SANTA ANITA PARK21
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November 27, 2016Native Diver S.DEL MAR31
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November 05, 2016Breeders' Cup MileSANTA ANITA PARK13
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August 21, 2016Del Mar Mile H.DEL MAR21
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July 17, 2016Eddie Read S.DEL MAR21
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June 04, 2016Shoemaker Mile S.SANTA ANITA PARK11
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May 07, 2016Woodford Reserve Turf Classic S.CHURCHILL DOWNS17
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March 12, 2016Frank E. Kilroe Mile S.SANTA ANITA PARK14
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November 27, 2015Seabiscuit H.DEL MAR21
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October 03, 2015Eddie D S.SANTA ANITA PARK36
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August 22, 2015$1 Million TVG Pacific Classic S.DEL MAR110
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July 18, 2015Eddie Read S.DEL MAR15
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June 13, 2015Shoemaker Mile S.SANTA ANITA PARK12
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April 16, 2015 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
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August 31, 2014Del Mar DerbyDEL MAR21
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August 10, 2014 DEL MAR 1
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July 23, 2014 DEL MAR 8
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June 14, 2014 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
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May 24, 2014 SANTA ANITA PARK 4
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April 19, 2014 SANTA ANITA PARK 2
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March 22, 2014 SANTA ANITA PARK 2