Midnight Bisou makes a big move to win the Santa Anita Oaks
It was a move reminiscent of the legendary Zenyatta. Midnight Bisou, loping along at the back of the pack nearing the far turn, was urged by jockey Mike Smith and what followed was a monster move where she had passed every horse by the top of the stretch to win the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ½ lengths.
The Oaks is the filly version of the Santa Anita Derby and gives Midnight Bisou a spot in the Kentucky Oaks, if they choose to go, on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby.
“She’s special, I’m telling you,” Smith said. “Although she was probably a little farther back than anyone expected, it was almost … I’m not going to compare it to riding Zenyatta, but I used to be way back there [on her], and I wasn’t worried [this time] because I knew that she could catch them.”
Midnight Bisou, trained by Bill Spawr, was the 3-5 favorite and paid $3.20 to win. Spectator was second and Thirteen Squared finished third in the 1 1/16-mile race.
“I am shaking,” said winning owner Jeff Bloom. “I’m speechless. … I think she is [the best filly in the country]. I know this much, she’s a good one.”
Smith was also the jockey on Justify, giving him the Santa Anita Oaks-Derby double.
“I was very fortunate today,” Smith said. “I just put the weight on those two. There wasn’t a whole lot of riding.
There were six thoroughbred stakes races Saturday including the Santa Anita Oaks and Derby.
The $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes, for older fillies and mares going one mile on the turf, was won by Beau Recall by three-quarters of a length. She paid $10.80 to win for trainer Simon Callaghan and jockey Joel Rosario. In the $150,000 Providencia Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles on the turf, Fatale Bere stalked to the top of the stretch and made up ground quickly to win by 1 ½ lengths. Leonard Powell was the trainer and Rosario was in the saddle. She paid $17.80 to win.
There were two Cal-bred stakes. Spiced Perfection just got up in time to beat favorite Show It N Moe It to win by a neck in the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Brian Koriner was the trainer and Joe Talamo the jockey. Favorite Heck Yeah won the male version of that race, the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for Baffert and Smith. Both races were 6 ½ furlongs. Spiced Perfection paid $23.60 to win. Heck Yeah brought a price of $5.20.
Pletcher has four
Good Magic back in form
In the $1-million Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in Kentucky, Good Magic redeemed himself for a third-place finish in the Fountain of Youth to win the Derby prep by 1 ½ lengths. Flameaway, who never really looked as if he could beat Good Magic, finished second. Good Magic paid $5.20 for trainer Chad Brown and jockey Jose Ortiz. Both horses will be eligible to run in the Kentucky Derby.
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