Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing's Midnight Bisou has won all seven of her starts in 2019, including a relatively easy score in Saturday's Grade 2 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park. In her final prep before the Breeders' Cup Distaff, the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute was challenged by Wow Cat but pulled away in the stretch to win by 3 1/4 lengths. Sent off at 1-9 and ridden by John Velazquez, Midnight Bisou ran nine furlongs over the fast main track in 1:48.86. The filly is trained by Steve Asmussen.
“You're always a little worried drawing the one-hole in short fields, but I thought Johnny [Velazquez] rode her great and did a terrific job riding her to the wire,” said assistant trainer Scott Blasi. “She proved to be the best. She's just been an amazing horse this year. The way she's developed this year, she's turned a corner going from 3 to 4, and it's exciting. She's been training great since the Personal Ensign and hopefully we can just keep her happy going forward.”
Spring In the Wind was quick out of the gate and set the pace, hemming Midnight Bisou up against the inside rail with a half-length differential up the backstretch. After early fractions of :24.83, :48.09, and 1:11.98, Midnight Bisou drew even with the leader, as did Wow Cat out in the three-path.
Midnight Bisou and Wow Cat dispatched the rest of the field and turned for home together, bumping at the top of the stretch but quickly separating for the drive to the wire. Midnight Bisou pulled away convincingly in the late stages, winning by 3 1/4 lengths over Wow Cat. Crimson Frost got up to finish third.
“It was pretty easy for her,” Velazquez said. “I didn't have to do very much, just keep her out of trouble, and she did what she had to do. I didn't have to hit her or anything. I just showed her the whip, and let her know she had to run. That was it.”
Bred in Kentucky by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Midnight Bisou is out of the Grade 3-winning Repent mare Diva Delite. An $80,000 purchase at the OBS April 2-year-old in training sale, the filly began her career in Southern California under the care of Bill Spawr, winning the Santa Anita Oaks before finishing third in the Run for the Lillies. Transferred to Asmussen, she would go on to win the G1 Cotillion over eventual champion Monomoy Girl and finish third in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
“She's a much better horse this year,” said Velazquez. “She wasn't as consistent last year. After talking to Mike [Smith], when I rode her in the Breeders' Cup, he said, 'She's not too crazy about the track at Churchill Downs, anyway.' She came back this year and hasn't run bad yet.”
Undefeated this year, Midnight Bisou has compiled wins in three Grade 1 races, the Apple Blossom, Ogden Phipps, and Personal Ensign. Overall, her record stands at 12 wins from 18 starts for earnings of over $3.4 million.
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