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Joel Rosario

Midnight Bisou makes a big move to win the Santa Anita Oaks

Midnight Bisou makes a big move to win the Santa Anita Oaks

It was a move reminiscent of the legendary Zenyatta. Midnight Bisou, loping along at the back of the pack nearing the far turn, was urged by jockey Mike Smith and what followed was a monster move where she had passed every horse by the top of the stretch to win the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ½ lengths.

The Oaks is the filly version of the Santa Anita Derby and gives Midnight Bisou a spot in the Kentucky Oaks, if they choose to go, on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby.

“She’s special, I’m telling you,” Smith said. “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...