It was a good last weekend in October of 2007 for trainer Bob Baffert at Monmouth Park after his speedball Midnight Lute destroyed a field of nine foes despite a rough start in the 24the running of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Garrett Gomez was aboard both and gave the son of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Real Quiet a confident ride to win going away by 4 3/4 lengths in 1:09.18 for the six furlongs over a sloppy track. Midnight Lute went off the $2.50-1 favorite following a stakes-record performance in the Forego Handicap at Saratoga in his final Cup prep. He won the Eclipse Award as top North American Sprinter.
Named for legendary University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, Midnight Lute came back from a 2008 injury to win his second Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita
setting the stakes record for six furlongs in 1:07.08 to become the first repeat winner of the Sprint. He was subsequently retired to stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Kentucky