Asmussen likes what he sees from Breeders' Cup-bound Midnight Bisou

Discussed plenty following the Cotillion Stakes (G1) was the disqualification of Monomoy Girl, ending her winning streak after the Breeders’ Cup Distaff contender veered in and then out of the Parx Racing stretch. Not mentioned quite as much is the inspired run by Midnight Bisou.

In the care of trainer Steve Asmussen since the Kentucky Oaks, the daughter of Midnight Lute rallied to miss by just a neck before stewards awarded her a win. A sign she’s moving in the right direction for the Nov. 3 Distaff?

“Very excited about the Breeders’ Cup Distaff for her, especially as well as I think she’s trained here at Churchill Downs,” Asmussen said Monday after Midnight Bisou worked a bullet five furlongs in a minute flat.

She went in company with another 3-year-old from the barn, Principe Guilherme, working on the outside through splits of 12.20, 24 and 35.80. Asmussen called it “a very nice 5/8,” adding that Midnight Bisou “galloped out beautifully” reaching six furlongs in 1:13.20.

The Bloom Racing, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing charge began her career on the West Coast in the care of veteran trainer Bill Spawr. She won each of the Santa Ynez (G2), Santa Ysabel (G3) and Santa Anita Oaks (G1) before third in the Kentucky Oaks.

Since the move to Asmussen, Midnight Bisou won the Mother Goose (G1) and Cotillion, plus posted in-the-money finishes in Saratoga’s Grade 1 features for 3-year-old females.

“She was a Grade 1-winning filly when she came into the barn and was in wonderful shape,” Asmussen said. “Her consistency and attitude and training has been wonderful. She’s been a lot of fun to be around. Hopefully we can finish off the year with her best race yet.”

 

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