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Sire Bold Venture
Grandsire St. Germans
Dam Verguenza
Damsire Chicaro
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1947
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder King Ranch
Owner King Ranch
Trainer Max Hirsch
Record 15: 6-6-2
Earnings $237,725
Major wins
Hopeful Stakes (1949)
Kentucky Derby (1950)
Belmont Stakes (1950)
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1951)
United States Horse of the Year (1951)

Middleground (April 22, 1947 – February 16, 1972) [1] was an American Thoroughbred racehorse.

Ridden by 16-year-old apprentice jockey Bill Boland, and trained by Max Hirsch, both future U.S. Hall of Fame inductees, Middleground won the 1950 Kentucky Derby, finished second to Hill Prince after a rough trip in the Preakness Stakes, and won the Belmont Stakes.

Middleground died in 1972, and the gravesite is on the King Ranch, in Kingsville, Texas.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Grave Matters Farm Index North America" (horse graves), Thoroughbred Heritage, 2005, webpage: TB-Graves.