Horse Racing

Breeding a Breeders’ Cup champion

Breeding a Breeders’ Cup champion

Pavla and Erik Nygaard at this year's Kentucky Derby, where Battle of Midway finished third. Courtesy of Pavla Nygaard

It was a hometown victory for Del Mar during the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Nov. 3, when Battle of Midway triumphed in the Dirt Mile.

Local residents Pavla and Erik Nygaard of Thor-Bred Stables bred the 3-year-old colt, who scored the biggest victory of his career that afternoon.

“It was totally awesome,” Pavla Nygaard said of the experience, when they watched Battle of Midway take down Sharp Azteca in the final strides to win by a half-length.

It may have been the first Breeders’ Cup victory for the Nygaards,...