05/07/2013 2:27PM

Hollywood Park: Midnight Lucky bound for Acorn

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.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Baffert juice is back. Notice how his horses have been winning at Hol lately.
Biggar W More than 1 year ago
I think that the impression that he wasn't winning was in some people's mind. His % was down early in the year, because he had multiple runners in several races. It's hard to have a high % when you do that, but his % has steadily improved from that early low. Actually his % was never low, only a bit lower than his normal.
Guy More than 1 year ago
Baffert is the leading trainer at Hollywood Park.....so how is he NOT winning?? He won 4 races there over the weekend...put the pipe down fella.
Richard More than 1 year ago
Hey Anonymous, it seems Bob Baffert has some friends out there. It's an argument you'll never win. With the plethera of drug use in all sports it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume the top thoroughbred trainers aren't using the best possible "undercover" performance enhancing drugs to achieve some incredible results. Of course one must weigh the talent in their barns as compared to others, contributing to their success. However, when the Shiek's trainer gets nailed for steroids (a relatively minor "enhancer") it raises eyeborws considering it's almost a capital offense in the Emerites to have any such "positive". For a trainer of Baffert's stature (and I may have the figures wrong) to have had 7 0f 11 "sudden death" training incidents in California is at best, unexplainable, at worst one of the most horrifying statistics of probable drug induced deaths in racing history, it being something virtually "unheard of" with the exception of a rare occurrance. Perhaps it is coincidence, just as Super Ninety-Nine and Code West suddenly "lost their form" and were withdrawn from the Derby, just as Governor Charlie wasn't even up to a breeze in Kentucky and from all reports "looked terible" on the track in spite of coming off a track record performance, just as Flashback suddenly came up with a knee chip while finishing the SA Derby with energy in defeat. I'm sure, Anonymous, you're not the only one who smells the fumes.
Biggar W More than 1 year ago
Why would you have to be someone's friend to point out things that aren't so?
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Emollient will be tough to beat. She likes Belmont.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's only cha ching if the odds are good..............
John More than 1 year ago
Midnight Lucky is going to be awesome going shorter ! If you go back to her maiden win going short, she literally galloped and toyed with a decent field ! A one turn mile at Belmont will be right up her ally ! Can you say, "cha-ching "
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
Problem is........she will have zero value, as the betting public will be all over her.
Mick More than 1 year ago
I think Kauai Katie is who the betting public will be all over in the Acorn, which could salvage some value in Midnight Lucky.
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
Correct Mick. Kauai Katie is the best 3 year old filly sprinting she should have some ok odds as the monster will be bet to the ground.
Perl More than 1 year ago
the acorn is a mile and a sprinter like Kauai Kate will not get bet that hard with midnight lucky and other oaks also-rans like close hatches in the field.
Rafael Acosta More than 1 year ago
yeah i think she can take kauai katie
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
Mandella will have Beholder fresh & ready to fire come Breeders Cup!
Chris Jones More than 1 year ago
If she runs in the BC, it will be in the F & M Sprint, not the Ladies' Classic. She made a valiant run in the Oaks, but she is not beating the likes of a Royal Delta or many of the 4yos out there.
ChristinaA More than 1 year ago
I think her connections will try in a few more route races before deciding how good she is going a distance. There's always the Dirt Mile if they don't want her to sprint or route.
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
Who's to say Royal Delta won't run in the Classic, or doesn't make the race for a multitude of reasons?. Besides, after RD......who should Mandella be so worried about that he'd feel the need to "duck" them? If Mandella has a quality horse at the top of their game......he won't duck anybody. I still think Beholder is being underestimated by most people........even after her awesome performance in the KO.