Battle Of Midway Fights Off Dabster To Win Native Diver

In a virtual match race, odds-on favored Battle of Midway, piloted by Flavien Prat, outdueled a game Dabster, ridden by Joe Talamo, to win the $100,000 Native Diver Stakes Sunday at Del Mar.

With the field reduced to three runners after the withdrawal of Roman Rosso, Gift Box and Kershaw, Battle of Midway and Dabster hooked up early in the mile and one-eighth contest over the main track and battled head-and-head for almost the entire distance, with Battle of Midway ultimately prevailing by a neck in 1:50.23. A distant third, 26 lengths farther back, was Isotherm.

Battle of Midway, the four-year-old son of Smart Strike who won the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Del Mar, went to the gate at 3-5, with Dabster a close second choice at even-money. With only win wagering available, the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained colt returned $3.20 after his seventh victory in 14 starts. First money of $60,000 increased his earnings to $1,409,049 for owners Don Alberto Stable and WinStar Farm.

FLAVIEN PRAT (Battle of Midway, winner) – “They made us work for it. He (Battle of Midway) does better with a target, but we had a three-horse field today so what are you going to do. He ran well, though, and got it done.”

JOE TALAMO (Dabster, second) – “That was a real horse race! I just wish I’d come out on the other end of it. Still, I’m real proud of my horse; he ran his tail off. He does every time. Even when he gets beat, he runs as hard as he can.”

GEOVANNI FRANCO (Isotherm, third) – “Today just wasn’t his day.”

JERRY HOLLENDORFER (Battle of Midway, winner) – “We thought the tactics of Dabster would be to try and get the lead or be right there with us, so it worked out kind of like we thought it would. They rode a good tactic trying to beat us, but he showed some guts. Sometimes they have to. In the end, we were a neck ahead and that worked out for us. (Battle of Midway) is very businesslike and this will get him ready for his next race.

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