Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC's Midnight Bourbon was one of the leading horses on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby, finishing ninth with a total of 66 points and earnings of $630,000.
A three-year-old Tiznow colt, he has nine lifetime starts with two wins, three seconds and three third-place finishes. The runner has $661,420 in total purse earnings.
2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby
Midnight Bourbon was one of the top names on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, sitting near the top of the standings with 66 qualifying points. He ended up finishing sixth at Churchill Downs on May 1.
He kicked clear from the gate and moved past eventual winner Sittin at Go at the 16th pole. He then stalked three to four wide before setting his sights on the wire as the field turned for home. However, Midnight Bourbon couldn't pull off the victory as Sittin at Go ran him down.
Next time out, he entered into the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park on October 10. In the race, Jackie's Warrior was bumped by Reinvestment Risk as the field broke from the gate.
Those two went on to be the first and second-place finishers respectively, as Midnight Bourbon made a run but weakened in the drive to settle in third.
The Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds was next on the colt's radar. This time out, he was able to get the victory in what was his first-ever stakes win. He moved out into the lead fast after breaking from the gate and didn't face real pressure until the far turn.
He held off two rivals in the upper stretch and was urged forward by rider Joseph Talamo to finish first.
Midnight Bourbon picked up a further 40 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby by finishing second behind Hot Rod Charlie in the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds on March 20.
Steve Asmussen key to Midnight Bourbon's success
The colt is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, who have been responsible for runners like Untapable, Tapiture, Tenfold, Tapizar and Classify. The owners have over 320 wins, 240 seconds and 250 thirds from over 1,650 starts, while their horses have pulled in over $24million in total earnings.
Midnight Bourbon's regular rider is Joseph Talamo, who has a career record of over 2,140 wins, 2,000 seconds and 2,000 thirds from over 14,750 starts. The rider has earned over $115million in total purse winnings.
Talamo guided Midnight Bourbon in his Lecomte victory and third-place finish in the Risen Star. However, the racehorse was also joined by Jose Ortiz in the Champagne Stakes and Gerardo Corales in the Iroquois. Mike E. Smith took the reins for the Kentucky Derby, with Irad Ortiz Jr. on board for the Preakness Stakes.
Midnight Bourbon's pedigree
Cees Stable LLC's Tiznow was a California-bred runner trained by Jay Robbins. A son of Cee's Tizzy, he retired with a career record of 8-4-2 from 15 starts. His total purse earnings sit at $6,427,830.
Catch the Moon, who was never raced, was a daughter of Malibu Moon and bred in Kentucky by Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate.
First sold to Bob Austin at the Keeneland Association Horses of All Ages Sale in January 2013, she then moved to Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings at the Keeneland Association Breeding Stock Sale in November 2015.