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Midnight Bisou romps in Churchill’s Fleur de Lis Stakes

Bloom Racing Stable LLC (Jeffrey Bloom), Madaket Stables LLC and Allen Racing LLC’s Midnight Bisou, idle since her second to Maximum Security in February’s Saudi Cup, returned to work in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The reigning champion older mare relaxed off the pace under Mike Smith in the early going, moved quickly to the leaders on the turn, took command with a rush turning for home and drew away as she pleased, scoring by 8-1/4 lengths. It’s the 13th graded stakes win for the 5-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, trained by Steve Asmussen, now 21-13-5-3 with earnings of $7,371,520. Consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds to the 2017 OBS Spring Sale, she was purchased by Jeffrey Bloom for $80,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. watch her under tack video

M and M Racing’s (Mike Sisk) Fool’s Paradise trailed early in Sunday’s $75,000 Lone Star Park Turf Stakes, but overcame trouble on the turn, came out for the drive and rallied to be up late and prevailed by three quarters of a length. It’s the first stakes victory for the 5-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile, purchased for $130,000 out of the Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2017 OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in  :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, she’s now 21-5-4-0 and has earned $207,915 to date. watch her under tack video