07/24/2012 3:27PM

Louisiana Downs: Midge Four out to repeat family history


Like mother, like daughter. That’s what the connections of Midge Four are hoping for with the 3-year-old filly, whose start in Thursday’s fifth race at Louisiana Downs could serve as her springboard to the Aug. 18 Louisiana Breeders’ Oaks, a race Midge Four’s dam, Midge Too, won back in 1999.

Midge Too won 17 races during her career and earned $506,283. She had a good deal of her success at Louisiana Downs, in races like the Breeders’ Oaks, having compiled a 10-for-22 record at the Bossier City, La., track. Midge Too retired in 2002, and she and Midge Four are based at Cart’s farm in Benton, La. Midge Four is Midge Too’s most promising runner to date.

“She’s the best one right now,” said Jerry Cart, who co-owns and trains Midge Four and also raced Midge Too.

Midge Four has won 2 of 6 starts and she placed in Louisiana-bred stakes in her last two starts: the $50,000 Acadiana and the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Mile, both at Evangeline Downs. In the Mile, which was her last start June 30, she finished 1 1/4 lengths behind Little Ms Protocol and earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 85.

“We beat [Little Ms Protocol] the first stakes down there, and then she came back and beat us,” said Cart. “This race Thursday, it’s kind of a prep for that race coming up Aug. 18.”

The $75,000 Breeders’ Oaks, which is for 3-year-old fillies bred in Louisiana, is part of the Louisiana Cup card at Louisiana Downs. Midge Four is part of an eight-horse field in Thursday’s race, an optional $17,500 claimer for fillies and mares to be run over one mile and 70 yards. Don Simington has the mount on Midge Four, who will add blinkers.

“Every race she’s kind of been looking around a little bit, not a lot, so we’ll see if [blinkers] help,” said Cart, who races Midge Four with Lynette Burns.

Midge Four is a daughter of Mauk Four, who won the Grade 3 Fifth Season at Oaklawn in 2005. Cart trained the horse, a son of Boston Harbor, for R. and W. Srygley Partnership. Mauk Four has been a hot sire this month at Louisiana Downs, with a number of maiden special weight winners, among them the Cart-trained trio of Like a Doc, Boston Salt and Missing Carolyn.

“He’s doing pretty good as a sire,” said Cart.

Cart is hoping Midge Four will be as versatile as her sire and Midge Too.

“Her momma and her daddy both won going short and long,” he said. “Both of them could go either distance, and I figure she will, too. And both her mom and dad went to the front, going short or long, and she takes after them that way, too.”

Cart said Midge Too has a weanling and yearling coming up, both by Mauk Four.