Saturday’s Racing Insights: Performer Resurfaces, Bisou Half Debuts

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Performer | Susie Raisher

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3rd-BEL, $70K, OC ($80K), 3yo/up, 1m, post time: 1:28 p.m. ET
Phipps Stable and Claiborne Farm’s Performer (Speightstown) makes his belated first start of the year. The Shug McGaughey trainee has been off since winning his fourth straight (from five attempts) in Aqueduct’s nine-panel GIII Discovery S. Nov. 30. His third dam is MGSIW My Flag (Easy Goer), who in turn produced champion juvenile filly Storm Flag Flying (Storm Cat). TJCIS PPs

7th-KEE, $70K, Msw, 2yo, f, 7f 184 ft., post time: 4:24 p.m. ET
Well-related firsters take on formidable runners with experience in this wide-open event. Woodford Thoroughbreds homebred Wicked Bisou (Wicked Strong) is a half to none other than recently retired MGISW and champion Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute). Woodford sold their GSW dam Diva Delite (Repent) for $750,000 in foal to Pioneerof the Nile at FTKNOV ’18–she brought $1.2 million in foal to Justify a year later. Tom Amoss will send out both Wicked Bisou and Miss Dial (Dialed In). The latter is a full-sister to MSW near millionaire and 2018 GI Breeders’ Cup F/M Sprint runner-up Chalon. A $165,000 KEESEP yearling, she cost $310,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale off a swift :10 flat breeze. Steve Asmussen pupil Willful Woman (Nyquist), a $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga grad, is out of MSW/MGSP Foxy Danseur (Mr. Greeley), making her a half to former Asmussen trainee and 2017 GIII Fantasy S. heroine Ever So Clever (Medaglia d’Oro). TJCIS PPs

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