Midnight Lute

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Midnight Lute
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Sire Real Quiet
Grandsire Quiet American
Dam Candytuft
Damsire Dehere
Sex Stallion
Foaled 2003
Country United States
Colour Dark Bay
Breeder Tom Evans, Macon Wilmil Equines & Marjac Farms, Inc.
Owner Michael E. Pegram and Watson and Weitman Performance, LLC
Trainer Bob Baffert
Record 12: 6-3-1
Earnings US$2,690,600
Major wins

Perryville Stakes (2006)
Forego Handicap (2007)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Sprint (2007, 2008)
Awards
American Champion Sprint Horse (2007)

Midnight Lute (foaled May 13, 2003, in Versailles, Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was named American Champion Sprint Horse in 2007.

Background[edit]

Midnight Lute was bred by Tom Evans, Macon Wilmil Equines & Marjac Farms, Inc. and owned during his racing career by Michael E. Pegram and Watson and Weitman Performance, LLC. He was named for Lute Olson, the University of Arizona basketball coach. He was sired by the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Real Quiet and was out of the mare Candytuft. His damsire is Dehere, a multiple stakes winner and the 1993 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt. Midnight Lute was sold as a yearling for $70,000 at the Keeneland September sales. He was trained by three-time Kentucky Derby winner, Bob Baffert.

Racing career[edit]

Midnight Lute won the Grade 3 Perryville Stakes at Keeneland Race Course on October 13, 2006, in track-record time. He collected his first Grade I win on September 1, 2007, while setting a new stakes record in the Forego Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.

He also placed in several graded stakes, including the Malibu Stakes (3rd, Grade I) and the San Fernando Stakes (2nd, Grade II) at Santa Anita Park.

On October 27, 2007, Midnight Lute scored the most important victory of his career when he won the six-furlong Breeders' Cup Sprint at Monmouth Park, ridden by Garrett Gomez. Coming from last to first, he won by 434 lengths over a sloppy track in a time of 1:09.18, with Idiot Proof second and Talent Search third.

An injury kept him away from the races for most of the 2008 season. In his first start of the year, he finished 10th in the Pat O'Brien Handicap at Del Mar Racetrack. His second start was the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park on October 25. He won the six-furlong race in a final time of 1:07:08 on a fast track. Fatal Bullet ran second, with Street Boss third. With that win, Midnight Lute became the first horse to repeat in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

On October 28, 2008, it was announced that Midnight Lute would be retired to stand stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Kentucky for an initial fee of $20,000.

Assessment and honors[edit]

In the 2007 Forego Handicap, Midnight Lute earned the year's highest Beyer Speed Figure of 124.

In the voting for the 2007 American Champion Sprint Horse award, Midnight Lute received 229 of the 267 votes.[1]

Midnight Lute was a finalist for the Eclipse Award's American Champion Sprint Horse for 2008, but with a final vote of 106 to 86 lost to Benny The Bull.[2]

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