Multiple graded stakes winner Midnight Bisou got her first look at Parx's main track and paddock on Friday morning just a day before she tries to capture her second Grade 1 victory this year in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.
The 3-year-old filly by Midnight Lute enters off a third place finish in the Grade 1 Alabama on August 18 at Saratoga after finishing as the runner-up in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 22 where she chased three length winner Monomoy Girl, the 3 to 5 morning-line favorite in the Cotillion, a race for three-year-old fillies only.
Midnight Bisou will make her fourth start for Asmussen after being transferred to his care in May. The Kentucky-bred breezed a sharp 49.1 seconds for four furlongs over a fast Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga on Monday morning before shipping to Parx on Thursday according to assistant trainer Scott Blasi.
“She breezed Monday at Saratoga, then we took her back to the track there Wednesday, shipped, then she jogged here this morning,” Blasi said. “We just schooled her in the paddock and she'll run tomorrow.
“Her works have been pretty sharp at Saratoga from the Alabama until now, it's a good race, she is a quality filly and she'll give a good account of herself.”
Midnight Bisou began her career with two defeats by a nose as a 2-year-old to the undefeated Dream Tree then returned to begin her sophomore year with a 4 1/2 length victory in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez on January 7 at Santa Anita. A victory in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel led her to her lone Grade 1 win in the Santa Anita Oaks where she ran from the back of the field of eight others to win going away by 3 1/2 lengths.
Midnight Bisou tried to win her second consecutive Grade 1 in the Kentucky Oaks on May 4, while getting forced to circle seven wide among the field of 14 at Churchill Downs but could only gain third behind winner Monomoy Girl and runner-up Wonder Gadot after their stretch duel.
The filly debuted for Asmussen in the Grade 2 Mother Goose on June 30 at Belmont Park and bested three others by six lengths at the wire.
Midnight Bisou will break from post seven out of a field of ten and currently is installed as the second choice on the morning line at 5-1. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith her regular rider will be in the irons.
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