Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) worked a half-mile in :49.81 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Sunday morning in advance of her upcoming start in the GII Beldame S. Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
“She just breezed perfectly this morning and so we’re headed to Belmont,” said Jeff Bloom.
The winner of a trio of Grade I’s so this year, the Steve Asmussen trainee recorded wins in the June 8 GI Ogden Phipps, July 20 GIII Molly Pitcher S. and Aug. 24 GI Personal Ensign S. at Saratoga in her last three trips to post. She also won the GI Apple Blossom at Oaklawn in April.
Also a Grade I winner for trainer Bill Spawr during her sophomore season, the dark bay has kicked things up a notch in 2019, winning all six starts, while earning in excess of $1.6 million so far this season. Her lifetime career earnings have surpassed the $3.2 million mark.
“I think, more than anything else, she has continued to both physically and mentally mature as she has gotten older. There’s really no magic to it,” Bloom said. “We’re pretty proud of her 3-year-old campaign, but certainly she’s much better this year. Oddly enough, she seems to get better with each race, including the Personal Ensign where she battled with Elate [Medaglia d’Oro]. One would think that would take something out of her, but she was jumping out her skin after the race. She’s just really continued to grow.”
Following the Beldame, Midnight Bisou will likely target the GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita. She finished third in last year’s edition behind subsequent champion sophomore filly Monomoy Girl [Tapizar]. She will then go through the sales ring at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale following the Breeders’ Cup.
“She’s reached a level that very few have achieved,” Bloom said. “You always strive to compete at the top level but Midnight Bisou has gone above and beyond that. Her value is hard to imagine but right now, we’re focusing on the rest of the year and trying to keep her undefeated.”
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