Lest there were any doubts about the ferocity of Midnight Bisou's on-track demeanor, the daughter of Midnight Lute was at her bullish best Saturday in nipping fellow Grade 1 winner Elate at the wire to add the hardware for the Grade 1 Personal Ensign presented by Lia Infinity to her mantel.
The morning after earning her sixth consecutive victory and third top-level win in 2019, the 4-year-old filly showcased her versatility but flaunting her sweet side as one admirer after another sought out the presence of the nation's leading distaffer.
“She's in great shape. She was out grazing this morning, she's bright-eyed, she's been playing with us all morning,” said Jeff Bloom of Bloom Racing Stable, which co-owns Midnight Bisou along with Madaket Stables and Allen Racing. “It's as if she was out for a gallop. She lays her body down but she came out in great shape.”
In besting Elate for the third time in as many matchups between the two this year, Midnight Bisou not only strengthened the grip she has on the older female division, she silenced critics who thought the race's 1 1/8-miles distance would be her Achilles Heel. Her lack of a win beyond 1 1/16-miles prior to Saturday helped the betting public send Elate off as the race even though Midnight Bisou had bested her in both the Grade 2 Azeri and Grade 1 Apple Blossom earlier this season.
Coming off a victory in the Grade 3 Molly Pitcher on July 20, Midnight Bisou showed she had plenty of stamina still to unearth as she ran down Elate after her rival got separation on her in the stretch.
“The distance [question], how many times did I hear that? We knew that a mile and an eighth was not an issue for her and so yes, she helped validate that in such a big way,” Bloom said. “And it was here at Saratoga where she had run well but she didn't have her best races. And it was against Elate, again a phenomenal race mare. All of that is even more gratifying. It was a big race and it felt fantastic to answer all those questions.
“I'm just lost for words describing how amazing this filly is because she's just in a different league all together. And she's getting better, and she continues to wow us. It's so much fun.”
Midnight Bisou will get a chance to double down on her ability at nine furlongs as she is expected to make her next start in the Grade 2 Beldame at Belmont Park September 28, her final prep for the Grade 1 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff – a race she finished third in last year.
“I would have to think that's a pretty solid position [at the top of the division] but we'll continue to do what we're doing and enjoy the fact that she's already taken down so much at this point,” Bloom said. “She's been so push-button all year long. And she makes that so easy because with her training, her racing, her shipping she's just like 'What do you want me to do?' She just wants to please everybody.”
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