Champion Midnight Bisou further stamped her divisional superiority when she cruised to victory in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 27, a performance that allowed the daughter of Midnight Lute to continue her reign in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top Thoroughbred Poll.
In her first start since running second in the $20 million Saudi Cup on Feb. 29, Midnight Bisou scored an 8 1/4-length triumph in the Fleur de Lis over a field that included 2019 Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress. That victory earned the 2019 Eclipse Award heroine for champion older dirt female 25 first-place votes and 390 points this week to retain the top spot in the poll, a position she has held since March 10.
“I can’t say enough how thankful we are to (owners) Jeff Bloom, Sol Kumin and the Allens for keeping this brilliant mare in training for this year,” Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, who conditions Midnight Bisou, told the Churchill Downs publicity team.
Midnight Bisou was not alone in uncorking an emphatic performance beneath the Twin Spires this past weekend. G M B Racing’s Tom’s d’Etat drew off to a 4 1/4-length victory over By My Standards in the Grade 2 Stephen Foster Stakes to move up to second in the poll with 9 first-place votes and 347 points. The Stephen Foster marked the fourth consecutive victory for Tom’s d’Etat, who earned a fees-paid berth into this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Grade 1-winner Mucho Gusto (217 points) holds in third with Code of Honor (4 first-place votes, 206 points) sitting fourth ahead of his expected run in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on July 4. By My Standards (180 points) drops to fifth followed by leading 3-year-old male Tiz the Law (3 first-place votes, 123 points) and Zulu Alpha (119 points). Vekoma (116 points), Maximum Security (3 first-place votes, 90 points), and Improbable (85) round out the top 10.
As evidenced by his status as the lone sophomore runner ranked in the top 10 of the Thoroughbred Poll, Tiz the Law remains the clear leader of the NTRA Top Three-Year-Old Poll.
The Belmont Stakes winner earned 40 first-place votes and 409 points to maintain his lead position. Trained by Barclay Tagg, Tiz the Law is expected to make his next start in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes on August 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
Santa Anita Derby winner Honor A. P. (1 first-place vote, 367 points) remains second, followed by graded-stakes winner Authentic (276 points) and Belmont Stakes runner-up Dr Post (223).
King Guillermo (200 points) held in fifth with Grade 1 Acorn Stakes winner Gamine (138) in sixth. Grade 1-winner Charlatan (105 points) is seventh, followed by Max Player (97), Swiss Skydiver (71) and Maxfield (66) to complete the top 10.
TOP THREE-YEAR OLD POLL
Week 18 of the 2020 NTRA Top Three-Year-Old Poll conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), covering racing performances through June 28. Current rankings of the Top Three-Year-Old Thoroughbred on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis with first place votes in parentheses, 2020 record and total points. A-S: Age-Sex, Sex: C-colt, G-gelding, H-horse, F-filly, M-mare, R-ridgling.
Other horses receiving votes: NADAL (58), BASIN (45), NO PAROLE (44), ETE INDIEN (37), CEZANNE (17), NY TRAFFIC (13), THOUSAND WORDS (11), PNEUMATIC (11), DECORATED INVADER (9), GOUVERNEUR MORRIS (8), ENFORCEABLE (7), WELLS BAYOU (7), SOLE VOLANTE (5), STORM THE COURT (5), UNCLE CHUCK (5), CEZZANNE (4), SHIVAREE (3), SHARING (3), RUSHIE (3), CAFE PHAROAH (2), SHEDARESTHEDEVIL (2), COLLUSION ILLUSION (1), MONEY MOVES (1), DEAN MARTINI (1)
TOP THOROUGHBRED POLL
Week 18 of the 2020 NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), covering racing performances through June 28. Current Horse of the Year ranking of the Top Thoroughbred on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-1 basis with first place votes in parentheses, 2020 record and total points. Poll Concludes Monday, Nov. 9. A-S: Age-Sex, Sex: C-colt, G-gelding, H-horse, F-filly, M-mare, R-ridgling.
Other horses receiving votes: MCKINZIE (75), NEWSPAPEROFRECORD (69), MONOMOY GIRL (56), RAGING BULL (31), MR FREEZE (20), HONOR A.P. (18), WHITMORE (13), MEAN MARY (11), GAMINE (9), VOLATILE (8), OLEKSANDRA (8), FIGHTING MAD (8), CE CE (7), FIRENZE FIRE (7), DUNBAR ROAD (6), RUSHING FALL (6), WARRIOR’S CHARGE (4), STARSHIP JUBILEE (4), NO PAROLE (3), SISTERCHARLIE (3), KEEPER OFTHE STARS (3), SERENGETI EMPRESS (3), FACTOR THIS (3), UNITED (2), MIND CONTROL (2), SHE’S A JULIE (1), SWISS SKYDIVER (1), OLLIE’S CANDY (1)