Midnight Storm is at his best and he knows it.
“His confidence is just sky high right now,” D’Amato said on July 17, shortly after Midnight Storm won the Eddie Read Stakes (G2) at Del Mar. “When he gets good, he gets really good and he’s just coming into his own.”
He was just as good a month later when he capped a three-race winning streak in the Del Mar Handicap (G2). That effort earned Midnight Storm a vacation from racing with plans for training up to the Breeders’ Cup. Midnight Storm’s string of victories began at Santa Anita in June with the Shoemaker Mile Stakes (G1), a “Win and You’re In” race that guarantees him a place in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) starting gate.
In seeking a fourth consecutive graded stakes, Midnight Storm will be at home in Southern California where he has made all but one of his 18 career starts. In his lone racing venture out of state, Midnight Storm was unplaced in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (G1) at Churchill Downs in May. Although the course was labeled firm, D’Amato said it was too soft for Midnight Storm.
Bred in Kentucky by Marjorie Post Dye and co-owner Alex Venneri, Midnight Storm was offered for sale 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.