Shifman: My NTRA Top 10's a tribute to Battle of Midway

Shifman: My NTRA Top 10's a tribute to Battle of Midway
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Although my ballot for the latest NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll did not change, my decision-making process was an emotional one considering the untimely death of Battle of Midway after a training mishap on Saturday morning.

Battle of Midway has held the No. 2 spot in my poll since his courageous victory over McKinzie in the San Pasqual (G2) back on Feb. 2. After much thought, I decided to honor the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee with the same respect that I have been giving City of Light, leaving both former racehorses 1-2 because I believe they've delivered the best performances of the year thus far. 

Just as I didn’t let retirement drop City of Light from recognition, Battle of Midway will continue to get my vote until better achievements come along on the track and supplant the Top 2.

Consensus Top 10

 Matt Shifman's Top 10

1. City of Light

 1. City of Light

2. Monomoy Girl

 2. Battle of Midway

3. Roy H

 3. Bricks and Mortar

4. Bricks and Mortar

 4. Monomoy Girl

5. Battle of Midway

 5. Roy H

6. McKinzie

 6. McKinzie

7. Seeking the Soul

 7. World of Trouble

8. Accelerate

 8. Marley’s Freedom

9. Sistercharlie

 9. Game Winner

10. Marley’s Freedom

 10. War of Will

I do want to give a nod of approval to the way that fellow voter Marty McGee, from the Daily Racing Form, decided to deal with his Top 10. Im case you didn’t see his Tweet of explanation:

We can all take a little bit of comfort from the fact that Battle of Midway did get five mares in foal during his time at stud last year. Three of them have reportedly been born, and we can look forward to their own racing debuts a couple of years from now.

The son of Smart Strike, Battle of Midway ended his career with a record of 16: 8-4-2 and earnings of $1,589,049.

Perhaps he'll be remembered most for a victory in the 2017 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Returned to racing after that unsuccessful stint at stud, Battle of Midway continued to prove himself as a racehorse, finishing out of the exacta just once in an additional six races with three wins.

Meet Matt Shifman

Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently is a Senior Writer. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs, Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing

Matt has been a co-host of the popular weekly video show HorseCenter for many years.

Since 2012, Matt has been a voter in the NTRA weekly polls for the Top Thoroughbred and Top Three-Year-Old.

Matt is also a partner in the New York Hot List handicapping service @NYHotList where he handicaps the races on the NYRA circuit everyday. The Hot List picks are available at several ADW sites around the country.

You may also know Matt by his Twitter, Facebook, and HRN screen nameAndyScoggin.

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