Bob Baffert unleashed yet another top prospect Friday when Midnight Hawk overcame a slow start and went on to a 6 ¼ length victory against fellow 2-year-old maidens.
Mike Pegram, a longtime client of Baffert, bred the son of Midnight Lute, but wound up selling the grey colt over dinner after a Chicago Blackhawks game.
“Mike was having dinner with a couple of friends—Joel Quenneville and Mike Tice—when the subject of the horse came up,” said Baffert.
Quenneville, affectionately known as “Coach Q,” is the head coach of the Blackhawks and was in Los Angeles for a game against the Kings. Mike Tice, who played in the National Football League for a number of years, is also a former head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
Midnight Hawk was named for Quenneville’s team.
“The colt trained really well, but I didn’t think he’d win that easily,” remarked Baffert. “When he broke poorly, I thought it was over. He’s still pretty green.”
“They just wanted to have some fun when they bought the horse, but now they’re pretty pumped up.”