Morestride kept his sire Midshipman’s hot streak going on Saturday when posting a determined neck victory over Dougie D Oro to take the Best of Ohio Sprint Stakes at Mahoning Valley on 29 October.
The four-year-old Midshipman colt became the second Stakes winner for his sire on the card. His two-year-old filly, Back to Ohio, captured the Best of Ohio John W. Galbreath Stakes less than a half-hour earlier.
Morestride broke sharply and was settled just off the pace, content to track Dougie D Oro and Diamond Dust through the quarter mile. Morestride began his move on the far turn, engaging the new leader, Dougie D Oro, at the top of the stretch. The duo battled stride-for-stride through the stretch as they pulled away from the rest of the field. At the wire it was Morestride that came out on top, a neck in front of Dougie D Oro. It was eight lengths further back to Altissimo in third.
Morestride was bred in Ohio by Steve M. DeMaiolo and is out of Smart Stride, a winning daughter of Smart Strike. Morestride’s second dam is the multiple Stakes winner, Shawklit Mint (G2 Vagrancy H.), and is a half-sister to Stakes winners Mr. Shawklit (G3) and Shawklit Man and G1-placed Her She Shawklit.
Midshipman is the sire of 18 Stakes horses in 2022, including Fun and Feisty, winner of the G3 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs. In addition to 2022 G2 San Diego Handicap winner Royal Ship, Midshipman is also the sire of other juvenile Stakes winner Top Recruit. No stallion standing for under $60k can top Midshipman's 16% Black Type horses from starters.