05/07/2013 2:27PM

Hollywood Park: Midnight Lucky bound for Acorn

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Barbara D. Livingston
Midnight Lucky will turn back from the 1 1/8 miles of the Kentucky Oaks to the one-turn mile of the Acorn.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Midnight Lucky, fifth in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs last Friday, will be pointed to the $300,000 Acorn Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over a mile at Belmont Park on May 27, according to trainer Bob Baffert.

Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman, Midnight Lucky was beaten for the first time in her three-race career in the Kentucky Oaks, finishing nine lengths behind upset winner Princess of Sylmar.

Midnight Lucky won the Sunland Park Oaks over 1 1/16 miles by eight lengths in her stakes debut March 24.

“I’m going to shorten her up,” Baffert said.

Baffert said that Midnight Lucky could have a summer campaign similar to what his filly Contested had in 2012. Contested won the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes, finished fifth in the Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park, and won the Grade 1 Test Stakes over seven furlongs at Saratoga in August.

Beholder, runner-up in the Kentucky Oaks, will not race again until the summer, although trainer Richard Mandella said Tuesday that he has no specific plans for the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012.

“I’ll probably give her a chance to catch her breath,” he said. “It’s been a good season and a good season last year.”

Owned by B. Wayne Hughes, Beholder won two Grade 1 races earlier this year at Santa Anita – the Las Virgenes and Santa Anita Oaks.