Star filly Midnight Bisou arrives for 'setup' race, the Molly Pitcher

Monmouth Park Communications
July 18, 2019 02:42pm

There was more star power on the Monmouth Park backside Thursday once the van carrying Midnight Bisou arrived from Saratoga.

The multiple Grade 1 winner, arguably the top older filly or mare in North America, puts her streak of four straight graded stakes victories on the line in the Grade 3, $150,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes on Saturday’s Haskell Invitational undercard.

Midnight Bisou will break from the No. 3 post in the eight-horse Molly Pitcher, which goes 1 1/16 miles over Monmouth’s main track.

The daughter of Midnight Lute is the 3-5 morning-line favorite, with post time scheduled for 3:27 p.m. EDT.

“She’s amazing in the way she’s developed from a 3-year-old to a 4-year-old,” said Scott Blasi, the assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. “She’s physically even much stronger and a lot more mature.”

“Steve picked this spot for her because he thought it would be a good setup for her next target, the Personal Ensign (G1) at Saratoga (on Aug. 24).”

Midnight Bisou is yet another exceptional filly to be handled by Asmussen and Blasi.

Rachel Alexandra, the eventual Horse of the Year and future Hall of Famer, beat the boys in the 2009 Haskell by six lengths.

Untapable, the unanimously-voted 3-Year-old Filly champion and Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner in 2014, finished fifth vs. males in that year’s Haskell.

“They are all amazing, just amazing, fillies,” Blasi said. “We are very fortunate to have them and are truly blessed to have three like these come into the barn.”

Midnight Bisou, accompanied by her own pony, Red, was settled in her stall two days before the race instead of traveling here Saturday morning because Asmussen wanted to avert any problems due to coming heat wave.

Blasi, who saddles her Saturday, said he’ll have her out on the track for a likely jog or possibly gallop Friday morning and she will paddock school the same day.

Incidentally, when Rachel Alexandra romped in her Haskell, the weather was as hot and humid as what is forecast for Saturday.

Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, who has been aboard Midnight Bisou for each of her five graded stakes wins, will be her date again Saturday.

2019 Molly Pitcher (G3)


Midnight Bisou  |  Steven M. Asmussen  |  Mike E. Smith  |  Monmouth Park  |   |   |   | 
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