View Full Version : Midshipman's return is today at Belmont

Sep. 18, 2009, 01:01 PM
Today is the return of Midshipman, last year's Eclipse winning 2-year old colt who captured the BC JV under Bob Baffert, and was expected to be a big player for this year's Kentucky Derby. However the wheels fell off along the way with several changes:

Midshipman was transferred from Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stable to his Godolphin operation and was shipped over to Dubai for a winter campaign that was designed to have him return for the Kentucky Derby. But Midshipman suffered a soft tissue injury in March that forced him off the Triple Crown trail and out of training.

Midshipman did not resume training until this summer at Belmont, where he began working July 18. Midshipman has breezed nine times since then, including a five-furlong move in 1:00.25 on Sept. 10.

Today he makes his 3-year-old debut in a third-level allowance race at Belmont Park. The 6 1/2-furlong race with a field of 6 horses, two of which are in for a $75,000 claiming tag, will have him toting the lowest of the field at 116-lbs and Richard "The Mig" Migliore up.

Race 3 off at 2:04 pm EST

Among the other runners will the Mr/Mrs Roy Jackson (Lael Stable) "Just Ben" who had been trained by Nick Zito but was transferred to Barclay Tagg for his last start - and win - at Saratoga.

Sep. 18, 2009, 03:15 PM
He won!

Sep. 18, 2009, 03:20 PM
It was far more close then expected with a very fresh and game Just Ben but Midshipman prevailed in the stretch by a length or two. He lugged out into the middle of the track rather badly IMHO so he's certainly not back to graded level company racing yet.

1 - Midshipman
2 - Just Ben
3 - More Than A Reason