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Breeders' Cup 2017

Will Midnight Interlude Handle Turf?

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Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was looking for a change of pace with Midnight Interlude and hopes a race on turf late Friday night will fit the name of the Santa Anita Derby winner.


“I just want to see if he likes the turf,” said Baffert Thursday of the 3-year-old colt’s grass debut in the $70,000-added Tsunami Slew Stakes at one mile.


Baffert remained puzzled about Midnight Interlude’s disappointing performances in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, in which he finished far back in both.


“I still don’t know why he didn’t run better back east,” said Baffert. “I’m trying to reverse his mindset.” Midnight Interlude has a turf pedigree top and bottom.


Midnight Interlude will begin a busy stakes weekend here for Baffert, who will also send out American Story in the Vanity Handicap Saturday and high weights Fund Raiser and Irish Gypsy in the $70,000-added Desert Stormer Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs Sunday.




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btw when you add the 2 second speed bias of SA the SA derby was the weakest of the preps.
he struggled to get that mile I think 7 furlongs is his best distance.
He's bred for turf on the damside by War Chant who only puts out sprinters I think we all knew that.Win $4.60
i'm here to eat my crow. excellent race by MI. apparently turf and blinkers off was a good mix. congrats Bob!!
I actually respected this horse as a potential grade one winner in a grass race, but NO grass works leading up to this minor stakes still made feel uneasy
This horse when competing against 3 year olds doesn't need to improve. He did and extraordinary thing jumping froma maiden victory in less the 3 weeks to capture SA derby. Bafferts kept the colt racing active since, but is nurturing this April foal alnong with great care. Everything is fine, and he will return to form, when Baffert decides what surface to let him roll again.
Improvement is more likely in turf to dirt than the reverse.May get 7 furlongs.
When this colt wins a prestigious grade one on the grass, I think "rohan" owes Bob an aoplogy. Ironically that comment revolves around how Bob views Midnight Interludes leg action on the grass, and then decides if hes destined to be a grass runner.
face it Bob, he's a one-hit wonder. he won the Santa Anita Derby because the two favorites didn't run.
I fully expect this one to have a future on the turf ... today should kick it off in grand style!
This colt stepped up out of Maiden victory in less then 3 weeks, & captured the SA derby. Ever since Baffert has taken a cautious, concerned approach. With no grass workouts leading up to race, have to figure this race is just his first workout on the grass. Don't believe Baffert even asked this colt to seriously make a run in the Kentucky derby or Preakness. Like his patient approach. Watch this colt in a HUGE grass grass later this year.
joseph-believe this is where this horses's future lies-believe he will come back too life Friday night ....I believe this will start the path too the breeders cup later this year.I have high hopes for this one...peace

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