Dream Tree Again Holds Off Midnight Bisou In Desi Arnaz Stakes

In a rematch of their first encounter, Dream Tree, the even-money favorite, again barely held off the late challenge of Midnight Bisou to win by a nose in the featured $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes Saturday at Del Mar.

Dream Tree, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, opened a clear advantage in the stretch but then had to go all out nearing the wire to withstand the rapidly-closing Midnight Bisou, an unlucky loser for the second straight time to her rival. Dream Tree had nosed out Midnight Bisou in a maiden race in late October at Santa Anita.

Dream Tree, a $750,000 purchase by Phoenix Thoroughbred III of Amer Abdulaziz of London, England at a two-year-olds-in- training sale last March, ran the seven furlongs in 1:23.69 to earn first money of $60,000 and remain unbeaten in two starts for trainer Bob Baffert.

Midnight Bisou, sent postward a co-second choice at 2-1 with Ms Bad Behavior, had Rafael Bejarano in the saddle Saturday in a valiant effort. At the wire, the runner-up was five and one-quarter lengths clear of third-place Secret Spice, with Ms Bad Behavior fourth. Smiling Tigress completed the line-up of juvenile fillies. Scratched was Steph Being Steph.

Dream Tree, a daughter of Uncle Mo bred in Kentucky, returned $4, $2.80 and $2.40; Midnight Bisou paid $2.80 and $2.40, while Secret Spice returned $3 to show.

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