(Midnight Bisou wins the Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)
From the Media Team at Santa Anita:
MIKE SMITH, MIDNIGHT BISOU, WINNER: “This was a test of two turns and she passed it with an ‘A plus.’ I’m getting to know her more and more. I was a bit concerned warming up today. I thought she might be a little too keen early on but then she settled really nicely and she did everything better than I expected going into a two turn race. She’s getting better even faster than I thought she would.
“I didn’t really know what to expect today. I watched her first two races and she was so far back and then I rode her and I was much closer but I didn’t know what that race was going to look like. Of course, she ran honest, she ran very well that day. And then today, she was a bit aggressive warming up.
“I hoped she wasn’t going to be too aggressive and get hooked up early on into a head and head speed duel. She relaxed so well though going into that first turn and took everything so much better than expected. She won well within herself and I didn’t have to get after her at all. I just asked her with my hands at the top of the stretch to just inside the eighth pole but that was pretty much it.”
BILL SPAWR, MIDNIGHT BISOU, WINNER: “I wasn’t concerned about the distance. No matter where you put her, she’s going to try. She’s push button. We’re looking at the Santa Anita Oaks next (Grade I, $400,000, 1 1/16 miles on April 7).
“I thought she had ’em (when asked his thoughts about her going two turns for the first time, especially in the last half-mile). When you press on her and you ask her, she just kicks it (in) . . . She’s that good. It’s not the surface.”
JEFF BLOOM, CO-OWNER MIDNIGHT BISOU, WINNER: “Wow, she answered every question today. She handled the off track, she handled two turns and she did it with a hand ride. We’ll check with Bill, but we plan to run in the Oaks here (Santa Anita, Grade I, at 1 1/16 miles April 7) and then the Kentucky Oaks (Grade I, 1 1/8 miles on May 4).
NOTES: The winning owners are Bloom Racing Stable LLC and Allen Racing LLC.