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Mizzen Mast Flourishes With Northern Dancer

The 1 3/4-mile San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) was once one of America’s great races, but it’s gone the way of all other American contests over a distance of ground, either shortened or downgraded. That said, it still paid out a nice $120,000 to winner Midships. He is a member of the second crop of Mizzen Mast, who is enjoying a very good season with five stakes winners to date this year, including another graded winner, Jibboom.

Incidentally, Mizzen Mast is turning out to be a very good cross for Northern Dancer. Midships, who is rated A++ by TrueNicks, is out of a Sadler’s Wells mare, and Mizzen Mast also has stakes winners out of mares by Deputy Minister, Danzig, Storm Cat, Nureyev, and Sea Hero, which represent a pretty fair cross section of the Northern Dancer line.

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