Gate to Wire

Midnight Bourbon, Mike Tyson, and maybe a winner

April 22, 2022 Season 3 Episode 18
Gate to Wire
Midnight Bourbon, Mike Tyson, and maybe a winner
Show Notes

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On this episode of Past the Wire's podcast, Gate to Wire, our hosts Michael Vale and Jonathan Stettin take a look at a few different topics.

They discuss why and how the sad passing of Midnight Bourbon occurred in his stall at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning, but was not reported until Wednesday by the Daily Racing Form. 

Apparently Midnight Bourbon fell ill from some sort of gastrointestinal issue following a five furlong workout. The colt reportedly declined rapidly and succumbed to the illness later in the morning. It is a sad and tragic loss.  Midnight Bourbon was one of the top stakes horses in the country and had most recently raced in both The Saudi Cup in Saudi Arabia and the Dubai World Cup in Dubai. Not many horses compete in both those races and most horses who ship there to run get a break when they return to the states. Midnight Bourbon had only been back a few weeks and was already working seemingly with no break. Additionally the horse was stabled with his trainer, Steve Asmussen at Churchill Downs. Asmussen also trains early Kentucky Derby favorite Epicenter and the Derby is just over two weeks away. That makes the fact this went unreported for three or four days even stranger. 

On a slight stray from the course Mike and Jon take a little look at the Mike Tyson plane incident. We think you'll appreciate their takes.

We also take a look at the return of champions Malathaat and Letruska on Friday at Keeneland and Saturday at Oaklawn. Mike and Jon both like a horse in the Apple Blossom, and it is not the heavy favorite and tough to beat champ Letruska. 

Thank you for tuning in and we hope you enjoy the show!