Shortly after the Bob Baffert-trained Midnight Lucky won the Sunland Park Oaks, I wrote about her pedigree for the May issue of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine (you can read it for free online if you register) anticipating that she’d win the Kentucky Oaks. She’d won like a freak at Sunland in track record time for the mile and a sixteenth and was following Baffert’s previous winners of the race who’d gone on to Grade 1 success: Tough Tiz’s Sis, Plum Pretty, and Gabby’s Golden Gal. Of course, Midnight Lucky didn’t win in Kentucky. The grey daughter of champion sprinter Midnight Lute carried plenty of condition for the Kentucky Oaks and looked more like a sprinter/miler physically as she tired in the lane after leading and appeared not to stay the nine furlongs of Churchill Downs’ deep surface.
Different story Monday in the Grade 1 Acorn when she sat off the pace and exploded through the stretch to win the one-turn mile at Belmont Park. See the race and video of her as a yearling below. Note her attractive, efficient, and athletic walk: you wouldn’t be able to squeeze a a sheet of paper in between her back and front feet as they almost meet.
Midnight Lute, who stands at John Sikura’s Hill ‘N’ Dale Farms, is yet another success story for the farm that started off Candy Ride and Medaglia d’Oro before those two were moved. Midnight Lute also was trained by Baffert (and owned by Mike Pegram, who co-owns Midnight Lucky and owned Real Quiet, Midnight Lute’s sire) and is now the sire of three Graded stakes winners—Govenor Charlie and Shakin It Up in addition to the filly. He also is the sire of the classic-placed Mylute, who was third in the Preakness. His offspring stay farther than he did, and he may have stayed, too, if not for his well-publicized breathing issues which kept him to sprint distances.