Midnight Bisou

Midnight Bisou Arrives at Hill 'n' Dale, To Visit Curlin in 2021

Champion Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) arrived at Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa Thursday afternoon after completing her final phase of rehabilitation at WinStar Farm. The five-time Grade I winner will visit Hill 'n' Dale flagbearer Curlin. Midnight Bisou was preparing for her Breeders' Cup bid this fall when she incurred a sesamoid fracture during a work at the end of September that forced connections to retire the mare prematurely. The champion shone as one of brightest stars at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale Nov. 8. Co-owner Chuck Allen of Allen Racing...

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Midnight Bisou Hammers for $5M at FTKNOV As Co-Owner Allen Buys Out Other Partners

Superstar and champion Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute--Diva Delite, by Repent) was a predictably popular item at the Fasig-Tipton November 'Night of the Stars' Sunday, but in the end she'll go to a familiar face, as Chuck Allen, partner on the mare during her racing career, bought out the other partners and brought the hammer down at $5 million. The 5-year-old sold as hip 185, consigned by ELiTE Sales. A five-time graded stakes winner and dual Grade I winner as a sophomore, the $80,000 OBS April buy earned a runaway divisional...

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Star-Studded Line Up at Fasig Sunday

LEXINGTON, KY--Fasig-Tipton's November Sale, known as the "Night of Stars," will live up to its billing again when it kicks off Sunday at Newtown Paddocks with a sensational line-up of top race mares, broodmares and weanlings. "We have a tremendous catalogue this year with fillies and mares coming off the racetrack, a tremendous group of in-foal mares and the best group of weanlings we've ever had," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. "We are very, very pleased and enthusiastic about the quality of our 2020 catalogue." Top Breeders' Cup contenders like...

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An Unexpected Storybook Ending for Midnight Bisou

What was it, many have asked, that drew Jeff Bloom to Midnight Bisou at the 2017 OBS April 2-Year-Old Sale? While it surely wasn't her unmet reserve from the Keeneland September Sale, where bidding stalled at $19,000, perhaps it was her three-time stakes-winning dam. Diva Delite (Repent) had yet to produce a winner, but as a racehorse she had claimed the GIII Florida Oaks and earned over $300,000. On the other hand, maybe something in the filly's :10 1/5 breeze at the sale had caught his eye. [tdn_vimeo_embed title="Midnight Bisou:...

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

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 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...

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Midnight Bisou Retired

Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute--Diva Delite, by Repent), the reigning Eclipse Award-winning older female and five-time Grade I winner, has been retired from racing, according to Jeffrey Bloom, co-owner and managing partner or Bloom Racing Stable. "I cannot begin to tell you what this mare has meant to me, my family, and my partners," said Bloom. "The places she has taken us and the thrills she has given us are immeasurable. And just to be in her presence is to feel what greatness is all about. Her calm, inquisitive demeanor, her...

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JCSA Reveals Plans for 2021 Saudi Cup, Issues Update On Maximum Security

In a press briefing held Tuesday, The Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia (JCSA) announced that the 2021 running of the $20-million Saudi Cup will be held Feb. 20, one week earlier than the date for the inaugural edition of the world's richest race. The announcement was made by HRH Prince Bandar Bin Khalid Al Faisal, Chairman of the JCSA, who, during a question-and-answer session with the media, also addressed the unresolved situation concerning Maximum Security (New Year's Day) and his former trainer Jason Servis. Shortly after Maximum Security crossed the...

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Midnight Bisou to be Evaluated by Bramlage

According to a tweet from co-owner Jeff Bloom, Eclipse Award-winner Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute) has been sent to Dr. Larry Bramlage to be evaluated after a four-furlong workout in 50.15 seconds Monday at Saratoga. "Midnight Bisou had an easy routine maintenance breeze this morning at Saratoga. Our champion mare was a bit 'off' after cooling out. Out of an abundance of caution she will be sent to Dr. Larry Bramlage in Lexington, KY for a full evaluation," Bloom wrote. She was being pointed to the Oct. 4 GI Spinster S....

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Trio of Champions at FT November from Elite

Elite Sales will offer three champion fillies and mares for sale at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale Nov. 8 when they send Monomoy Girl (Tapizar--Drumette, by Henny Hughes), Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute--Diva Delite, by Repent) and Uni (GB) (More Than Ready--Unaided {GB}, by Dansili {GB}) through the ring. Among them, the group have earned a combined $13.2 million. Monomoy Girl, owned by Monomoy Stables, Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables, was 2018's Champion 3-Year-Old Filly and the 2018 Breeders' Cup Distaff winner. She is three-for-three in 2020 and added...

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Monomoy Girl Returns to Grade I Company in La Troienne

It was two years--and four months--ago that Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) gamely dug in past the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs to earn a victory in the GI Kentucky Oaks. This Friday, the popular champion will be in action at Churchill Downs on Oaks Day once more, this time as a 5-year-old in the GI La Troienne S., her first try in a Grade I since being sidelined for all of 2019. Following her Oaks triumph with scores in the GI Acorn S., GI Coaching Club American Oaks and GI Longines...

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Jack Sisterson Talks Vexatious, Returning Calumet to Glory On TDN Writers' Room

Two years ago, when it was announced that legendary Calumet Farm was hiring Jack Sisterson as its primary trainer, there was skepticism. At just 33 years old, with only experience as an assistant to his name, it was fair to question whether or not Sisterson was prepared to carry the flag for such a powerful racing and breeding brand. Those questions have now been answered--resoundingly in the affirmative, as just a short while later, Sisterson has not only proved equal to the task, but appears on his way to the...

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Week in Review: Faves Fail to Show on Saturday, but Excuses Abound

This past Saturday wasn't a great day to be a favorite in an open stakes race at the nation's premier race meets. Chalk horses went a collective one-for-seven at Saratoga and Del Mar, and the list of excuses included stutter-step starts, bumps leaving the gate, stretch-run roughhousing, getting disqualified, and being dueled into defeat in internal pace battles. Tight finishes in several stakes elevated the interest level, although the results in general did not lend clarity to the nationwide divisional races with the GI Kentucky Derby inside the five-week mark...

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