Saturday, January 11, 2014
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Midnight Hawk battled Kristo around the track before taking the lead coming out of the stretch in a 1¾-length victory Saturday in the $100,000 Sham Stakes, Santa Anita's first 3-year-old prep of the year.
The 3-year-old gray colt is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and co-owned by Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and newly hired Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice, who was on hand.
Midnight Hawk ran a mile in 1:36.48 and paid $2.80 and $2.10 as the 2-5 favorite in the field of four that was reduced by the scratches of Life Is a Joy and Top Fortitute. Midnight Hawk earned 10 points in the system used by Churchill Downs to decide the 20-horse field for the Kentucky Derby on May 3.
Kristo returned $2.20, while Ontology was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third. There was no show wagering.