Report: Elate, Midnight Bisou to separate Breeders’ Cup preps

September 10, 2019 08:25am
Report: Elate, Midnight Bisou to separate Breeders’ Cup preps
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With Midnight Bisou likely to run in Belmont Park’s Sept. 28 Beldame Stakes (G2) on her way to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, trainer Bill Mott has reportedly altered course to avoid Elate’s fourth meeting this season with the Horse of the Year contender.

Mott told the Daily Racing Form’s David Grening that Elate will make her final start before the championships at Keeneland in the Oct. 6 Spinster (G1).

“I don’t know that the two best fillies in the division need to run against each other again in the race before the Breeders’ Cup,” Mott told Grening.

Midnight Bisou edged Elate last time in a memorable duel at Saratoga, winning the Personal Ensign (G1). Previously this season, they also met in Oaklawn Park’s Azeri Stakes (G2) and Apple Blossom Handicap (G1), with both of those matchups also going to Midnight Bisou.

Elate, a 5-year-old. Daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, won two other starts this season when not facing that rival. Her preference for more distance also has Mott considering the 1 1/4-mile Breeders’ Cup Classic come Nov. 2 rather than the 1 1/8-mile Distaff.

Going nine furlongs last time, only a nose separated Midnight Bisou and Elate.

“The Personal Ensign was one of the main goals of the year; we got touched off,” Mott told Grening. “Our main goal now would be the Breeders’ Cup, and we’ll do everything we can do to get there in the best way possible.”

Awaiting in the Spinster is defending winner Blue Prize, a 6-year-old daughter of Pure Prize who won Saratoga’s Summer Colony when finally able to avoid Elate, who she was beaten by in Churchill Downs’ Fleur de Lis (G2) and the Delaware Handicap (G2).

Trainer Brad Cox last Saturday mentioned the Spinster is also an option for reigning champion filly Monomoy Girl’s comeback.

 

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