Midnight Bisou Breezes At Fair Grounds, ‘Gearing Up For 2020’

by | 12.19.2019 | 4:39pm
Breeders' Cup Distaff entrant Midnight Bisou, trained by Steven M. Asmussen, exercises in preparation for the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on October 28, 2019. Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders’ Cup/CSM

Bloom Racing, LLC, Madaket Stables, LLC and Allen Racing, LLC's Midnight Bisou was back on the work tab Thursday morning at Fair Grounds, breezing an easy half mile in :53.60 for trainer Steve Asmussen.

“We are extremely excited to have our filly gearing up for 2020,” said co-owner Jeff Bloom. “She's had a very nice mini break and has been beautifully easing back to full training.”

The 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, who had a string of seven consecutive graded stakes wins in 2019 snapped when finishing second behind Blue Prize in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) on November 2 at Santa Anita, was pulled out of Fasig-Tipton's marquee breeding stock sale the morning of that race.

“In the end, we decided we simply wanted to race her another year,” Bloom explained. “She's such a special filly who loves every bit of her job. Plus she's still young (April 18 foal). We are pointing for the $20 million Saudi Cup for her next start (February 29).

The favorite for the 2019 Eclipse Award for Champion Older Female, Midnight Bisou sports a career record of 19-12-4-2 with a bankroll of $3,750,000. She RNA'ed as a Keeneland September Yearling ($19,000) and then sold to Bloom for $80,000 at the OBS 2-year-old in training sale.

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