Making her first start beyond six furlongs, Midnight Ballet scored a 10-1 upset in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Providing jockey Julien Leparoux with his first stakes win at the
Autumn meet in three years, the daughter of Midnight Lute rallied to
defeat Renee’s Titan, 4-5 favorite Scarlet Strike and four other
Owned by Stoneway Farm and trained by Tom Proctor, Midnight Ballet
won for the second time in three starts and pushed her earnings to
$103,000. She completed the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track in 1:45.93.
A winner at nearly 9-1 in her Aug. 11 debut at Del Mar, Midnight
Ballet was well beaten in her only try over conventional dirt, finishing
19 lengths behind eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner
Beholder Oct. 4.
Well off the pace set by Rhodium, Midnight Ballet mounted her bid
while wide and was up to prevail by three-quarters of a length. Out of
the Unbridled’s Song mare Buzz Song, she paid $22.20, $10.80 and $4.60.
“I think the two turn distance helped her,’’ said Leparoux after his
first stakes win at the Autumn meet since he took the 2009 Hollywood
Prevue aboard American Lion. “She’s a big filly and she breaks OK, but
she’s not real fast. I decided to put her on the rail, save ground and
follow the favorite. I got her out at the quarter pole and she made a
Midnight Ballet wasn’t an early nominee to the Grade I,
$500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet, which will be run Dec. 8, so she
would have to be supplemented for $10,000 with an additional $10,000 to
“We weren’t thinking (about the Starlet), but you never know,’’ said
Proctor. She’s a big, long filly. It’s nice to win a race.’’
Renee’s Titan, who pressed the issue after breaking from the
outside, outfinished Scarlet Strike by a half-length. Making her first
start at Betfair Hollywood Park since a 4 ½ length debut victory June
21, Renee’s Titan, who was 11-1, returned $10.80 and $4.60. The show
price on the favorite was $2.10.
A distant second behind Executiveprivilege in the Grade I Chandelier
Stakes last month at Santa Anita, Scarlet Strike had no visible
excuses. She sat just off the lead while saving ground, angled outside
to gain a brief advantage with an eighth of a mile to run, but couldn’t
match the first pair.
“She had a perfect trip and we saved ground,’’ said Joe Talamo of
Scarlet Strike. “She was heads up for the lead turning for home and they
just ran by her.’’
Rhodium wound up fourth, 3 ½ lengths behind Scarlet Strike and 12 ¼
in front of Wittgenstein, then came Tilde, the 7-2 second choice and
winner of last month’s California Cup Juvenile Fillies, and Magestic
Stinger, who was pulled up on the backstretch. Steward Kim Sawyer
reported the Majestic Warrior filly grabbed a quarter.