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Eisaman racks up a second pair of stakes winners over Nov. 10-11 weekend
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Midnight Ballet takes the $100K Sharp Cat S.
Close It Out won the Calder's $125,000 Jack Dudley Sprint on Saturday while Midnight Ballet scored a 10-1 upset in the $100,000 Sharp Cat S. Sunday at Hollywood Park to give Eisaman grads four stakes wins on the second weekend of November.

At Calder, the late-running Close It Out dropped to last in the 10-horse Jack Dudley field while several horses engaged in battle through opening splits of :21.50 and :44.86.

“The plan was always to take him back and he moved a little bit inside the gate, so he broke a little slow,” winning rider Jose Lezcano said. “But after that he sat perfect.”

Bahamian Squall separated from the pack in mid-stretch and looked a winner as the wire neared, but Close It Out was always gathering momentum down the center of the track, getting up in the final jumps to win by a neck while running six furlongs in 1:10.73.

“When I wanted to make my move I had to go out wide, but he gave me everything he had,” Lezcano said. “He gave me a big race today.”

Making her first start beyond six furlongs in the Sharp Cat, Midnight Ballet became the first stakes winner for first-crop sire Midnight Lute, a two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1).

Owned by Stoneway Farm and trained by Tom Proctor, 2-year-old Midnight Ballet won for the second time in three starts and pushed her earnings to $103,000. She completed the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track in 1:45.93.

A winner at nearly 9-1 in her Aug. 11 debut at Del Mar, Midnight Ballet was well beaten in her only try over conventional dirt, finishing 19 lengths behind eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner Beholder Oct. 4.

Well off the pace set by Rhodium, Midnight Ballet mounted her bid while wide and was up to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

“I think the two turn distance helped her,’’ said winning rider Julien Leparoux. “She’s a big filly and she breaks OK, but she’s not real fast. I decided to put her on the rail, save ground and follow the favorite. I got her out at the quarter pole and she made a nice run.”

“We weren’t thinking (about the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet), but you never know,” said her trainer Tom Proctor. She’s a big, long filly. It’s nice to win a race.”
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