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Sire Bold Venture
Dam Verguenza
Grandsire St. Germans
Damsire Chicaro
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1947
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder King Ranch
Owner King Ranch - Silks: Brown, White Running W, Brown Bar on White Sleeves, Brown & White Cap
Trainer Max Hirsch
Record 15: 6-6-2
Earnings $237,725
Middleground is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Verguenza by Bold Venture. He was born around 1947 in the United States, and was bred by King Ranch.
Major wins

Hopeful Stakes (1949)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1950)
Belmont Stakes (1950)
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1951)
United States Horse of the Year (1951)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on August 9, 2007

Middleground (c.1947-1972) [1] was an American Thoroughbred racehorse.

Ridden by 16-year-old apprentice jockey Bill Boland, and trained by Max Hirsch, both future U.S. Hall of Fame inductees, Middleground won the 1950 Kentucky Derby, finished second to Hill Prince after a rough trip in the Preakness Stakes, and won the Belmont Stakes.

Middleground died in 1972, and the gravesite is on the King Ranch, in Kingsville, Texas.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Grave Matters Farm Index North America" (horse graves), Thoroughbred Heritage, 2005, webpage: TB-Graves.



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