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Vexatious with a Truenicks grade of A++ by the late Giant’s Causeway, beats Midnight Bisou in a thrilling shocker in the Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga. Ridden confidently by jockey Jose Lezcano, Vexatious, a 6 year-old bay mare, turned down a relentless pursuit by jockey Ricardo Santana as they raced neck and neck to the finish line from mid-stretch.

Vexatious Beats Midnight Bisou in the Personal Ensign
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The Calumet mare went nearly two years since her last win at Del Mar in a $75,000 stakes race on the turf. Trained by Jack Sisterson, Vexatious was coming into this race off a solid second to Champion Mare Monomoy Girl in the Ruffian Stakes at Belmont Park.

Having to survive a claim of foul lodged by Ricardo Santana, the stewards left the results unchanged after a lengthy review of the minor bumping that occurred during the stretch run.

After the race, track handicapper and TV Analyst Andy Serling, praised the valiant effort by Vexatious and Jose Lezcano in defeating the champion mare Midnight Bisou.

You have to love the color commentating by Laffit Pincay jr. who stuck it to Andy about Saratoga being the graveyard of champions as he repeatedly mention past stars Man O’War, Secretariat, American Pharoah and among the long list of champions that fell in defeat at this historic racetrack.

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Midnight Bisou Punishes the Competition

Midnight Bisou Punishes the Competition
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Midnight Bisou punishes the competition in the Fleur De Lis stakes. Fresh from her return to the races from her second place finish to Maximum Security in the Saudi Cup, the world’s richest race.

Jockey Mike smith was back in the saddle to ride this 5 year-old black mare to an 8 1/4 length win in the prestigious Fleur de Lis stakes at Churchill Downs. It was her 13th in win from 21 starts for this mare out of Midnight Lute/Diva Delite for Bloom Racing and the winningest trainer at Churchill, Steve Asmussen.

Her Grade III-winning dam Diva Delite was purchased for $1.2 million from the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, in foal to Justify.

Serengetti Empress was the lone speed in the race with jockey Joe Talamo who was rundown in mid-stretch by Midnight Bisou as Mike Smith galloped home the victor.