MIKE SMITH, MIDNIGHT BISOU, WINNER: “She’s special, I’m telling you. Although she was probably a little farther back than anyone expected, it was almost … I’m not going to compare it to riding Zenyatta, but I used to be way back there and I wasn’t worried because I knew that she could catch them. She gives me that great turn of foot, and I want to give her something to run at or she’ll put the air brakes on.
“(Coming out of the gate) she set me in the rumble seat. I had to get back on her for a jump.”
(On winning the Santa Anita Derby and the Santa Anita Oaks)
“I was very fortunate today. I just put the weight on those two – there wasn’t a whole lot of riding.”
BILL SPAWR, MIDNIGHT BISOU, WINNER: “My blood pressure is just heightened. I said up there I wasn’t sure because they were going so slow I didn’t think she could close. It’s awesome. She has just improved so much and I want to give all of the owners the credit. It just takes so much patience. She has kept surprising us all.”
JEFF BLOOM, MIDNIGHT BISOU, WINNER: “I am shaking. I’m speechless. I just won the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks. I think she is [the best filly in the country]. I know this much, she’s a good one. Mike looked like he was very comfortable with her where he was and when he started asking her, I could see that she started motoring and I felt pretty good. I don’t even know how I feel about The Kentucky Oaks because you don’t think of it that way until you do. But now it’s a reality and I’m living it, enjoying it and pinching myself constantly.”
NOTES: The winning owners are Bloom Racing Stable LLC and Allen Racing LLC. Today’s on-track attendance is 39,022.