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A Midnight Train: Midnight Lute Filly Dominates Sunland Oaks
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10th at SUNSunland Park Oaks  [1 1/16m]Winner: Midnight Lucky, f, 3 by Midnight Lute
Sunday, Sunland Park
SUNLAND PARK OAKS, $200,000, SUN, 3-24, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:41 (NTR), ft.
1--#MIDNIGHT LUCKY, 121, f, 3, by Midnight Lute
1st Dam: Citiview, by Citidancer
2nd Dam: Prospective Joy, by Allen's Prospect
3rd Dam: Jovial Joy, by Rollicking
($220,000 yrl '11 FTSAUG). O-Karl Watson, Michael E Pegram & Paul Weitman; B-C Kidder & J K & Linda Griggs (KY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Rafael Bejarano. $120,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $153,600.

2--Unusual Way, 121, f, 3, Unusual Heat--Way Up, by Great Above. ($65,000 yrl '11 BESOCT). O-Edward J Brown Jr & Philip Lebherz; B-Thomas W Bachman (CA); T-Jeff Bonde. $44,000.

3--Countess Curlin, 121, f, 3, Curlin--Profit Column, by Private Account. ($140,000 RNA yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Steven M Asmussen. $20,000.
Margins: 8, 4HF, 1HF. Odds: 0.30, 7.90, 7.00.
Also Ran: Infinitely, Fraudulentfootnote, Canticle, Majestic River, Shesatopattraction.
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   Midnight Lucky couldn’t have been any more impressive in her unveiling going 6 1/2 furlongs in Arcadia Feb. 16. Backed down to 4-5, the imposing filly attended the pace and drew off to score by 7 1/4 lengths, earning a 100 Beyer Speed Figure. Distance was the question here, but not for long. Away a half-step slow, Midnight Lucky quickly recovered to press second choice Majestic River (A.P. Indy) through a posted first split in a likely incorrect :21.03 and a half in :46.44. The chalk put a head in front of that rival midway on the turn while showing no signs of slowing, and she didn’t. Midnight Lucky cantered to the wire with little encouragement from pilot Rafael Bejarano, stamping herself as one of the favorites for the GI Kentucky Oaks May 3 while lowering the track record by .85 seconds on a surface that had been yielding fast times all day. The grey was given a 16-1 chance in the Oaks future wager that closed Mar. 1. "You’re always scared when you go around two turns for the first time, and when I saw that :21 flat [first fraction] go up I said, ‘I hope the clock’s broken,’" said co-owner Mike Pegram. "But she did it easily and within herself. We like her future." This was trainer Bob Baffert’s fifth Sunland Oaks win in the past seven runnings and third in a row. He has taken those races by a combined 57 3/4 lengths, due largely in part to the aforementioned Plum Pretty’s 25-length drubbing two years ago. Princess Arabella (Any Given Saturday) was the Baffert representative to score last year, but celebrations were cut short when her trainer, who watched the race from Dubai, suffered a heart attack. "A year ago I woke up having a heart attack after [the] Sunland Oaks," Baffert tweeted yesterday evening. "Last year, lucky at midnight. This year, Midnight Lucky."


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