Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Bargain Oaks Winner

by | 04.13.2018 | 2:14pm
Midnight Bisou and Mike Smith at the finish of the Santa Anita Oaks

Midnight Bisou is living proof that you don't need to spend an arm and a leg to buy a Grade 1 winner. Dominating victress of the G1 Santa Anita Oaks on April 7 under jockey Mike Smith for Bloom Racing Stable and Allen Racing LLC, the 3-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute is the fourth lifetime G1 winner for her trainer, William Spawr, a respected California horseman who has spent the majority of his career saddling claiming horses. Spawr's most recent G1 winner before Midnight Bisou was Amazombie, the 2011 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding male sprinter.

Bred in Kentucky by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Midnight Bisou has now won 3 of 5 starts, with two seconds (both were nose losses to G1 winner Dream Tree). With her Oaks victory, she became just the second three-time American Graded Stakes winner of 2018. Her previous wins came in the G2 Santa Ynez on Jan. 7 and the G3 Santa Ysabel Stakes on May 3.

Midnight Bisou was consigned to the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale by her breeder, landing in the 12th session of the 13-day auction. She failed to find a buyer, and was bought back by her consignor for just $19,000, despite being produced by the G3 Florida Oaks winner Diva Delite, a daughter of Repent who had just two previous foals of racing age.

Woodford Thoroughbreds then brought her to the OBS April Sale of 2-year-olds in training, where Jeffrey Bloom, as agent, bought her for $80,000. She has now earned $450,000 and is one of the leading contenders for the G1 Kentucky Oaks on May 4 at Churchill Downs.

Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company     
RankSale CompanyWins
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale      
1Keeneland Sept.42
2Keeneland Nov.12
3FT May6
4FT Saratoga5
FT October5
FT Florida5
7OBS March4
8FT July3
FT New York3
Kee January3
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale Year     
RankWhen SoldGS Winners
43 and up4
Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor     
Rank ConsignorWinners
1Lane's End8
2Taylor Made5
3Claiborne Farm4
Denali Stud
Woodford Thoroughbreds4
6Crupi's New Castle3
Eaton Sales3
Penn Sales3
Select Sales3
Wavertree Stables3
Graded Stakes Winners by Sire     
RankNameWinners (Wins)
1Tapit 5 (6)
2Uncle Mo4 (4)
3Street Sense3 (3)
4Awesome Again2 (2)
Blame2 (3)
Candy Ride2 (2)
Creative Cause2 (3)
Curlin2 (2)
Ghostzapper2 (2)
Harlan's Holiday2 (2)
Into Mischief2 (2)
Kitten's Joy2 (2)
Malibu Moon2 (3)
Medaglia d'Oro2 (2)
More Than Ready 2 (2)
Quality Road2 (3)
Scat Daddy2 (2)
Sir Prancealot2 (2)
Speightstown2 (2)
Take Charge Indy2 (2)
Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder     
RankBreederWinners (Wins)
1WinStar Farm4 (4)
2Claiborne Farm3 (4)
John Gunther3 (3)
Stonestreet3 (3)
5Adena Springs2 (2)
Calumet Farm2 (2)
Godolphin2 (2)
Ramona Bass2 (2)
SNC Regnier & San Gabriel Inv2 (2)
Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer     
RankTrainerWinners (Wins)
1Todd Pletcher
10 (11)
2Chad Brown7 (7)
3Mike Maker5 (5)
4Bob Baffert4 (4)
5Jerry Hollendorfer3 (3)
Kiaran McLaughlin 3 (3)
7John Sadler2 (4)
Brad Cox2 (3)
Graham Motion2 (3)
Phil D'Amato 2 (3)
Tom Albertrani2 (2)
Richard Baltas2 (2)
Mark Casse2 (2)
Brad Cox2 (2)
Mark Hennig2 (2)
D. Wayne Lukas2 (2)
Doug O'Neill2 (2)
Peter Miller2 (2)
Dale Romans2 (2)
Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse     
Midnight Bisou3
Martini Glass 2
Monomoy Girl
Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey     
1Jose Ortiz10
2Javier Castellano7
3Irad Ortiz6
Luis Saez6
Mike Smith6
6Tyler Baze5
Joe Bravo5
Florent Geroux5
Flavien Prat5
John Velazquez5
11Kent Desormeaux4
Julien Leparoux4
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