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Midday produces first foal at Juddmonte
Midday, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, produced her first foal, a colt by leading international sire Galileo, on Jan. 16 at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket, England.
Stud manager Simon Mockridge described the colt as “strong and muscular, an excellent first foal.”
Midday is booked to Juddmonte homebred Frankel, two-time reigning Cartier European Horse of the Year, for 2013. The Galileo horse is standing his first season at Banstead Manor after retiring unbeaten.
Midday's dam, the stakes placed Kingmambo mare Midsummer, is also scheduled to be bred to Frankel.
“Midday has taken to motherhood exceptionally well and we are delighted with her first foal," Juddmonte general manager Philip Mitchell said. "She will visit Frankel in 2013 and obviously the resultant progeny will have huge potential.”
Midday and Midsummer are among several top-class mares scheduled for Frankel’s first book, including classic producer Oatsee, Kentucky's reigning broodmare of the year; 2011 Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream; Eclipse Award winners Zagora and Stacelita; Japanese champion Vodka; multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi; and Grade 1 winner Balance, a half-sister to champion Zenyatta.
Midday, a 7-year-old daughter of Oasis Dream, won nine of 23 starts in her career, with seven seconds, three thirds, and $3,438,502 in earnings. A Juddmonte homebred trained by Henry Cecil, Midday won eight stakes races, including six Grade/Group 1 events. In addition to winning the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita Park by a length over Pure Clan, she finished second by a neck to Shared Account in the 2010 edition at Churchill Downs.