Inthemidstofbiz vaulted to the top of the horse racing game, building on a 4-year-old season that includes three wins in waver claiming, allowance and allowance optional claiming races. She used these as a springboard to victory in the Satin and Lace Stakes, an unlisted contest at Presque Isle Downs, where she sprinted to a clear lead soon after the start and held to 1 ½- length score.
The bay filly crowned this performance with an upset in Keeneland’s Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2), a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” race for the Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). At 13-1 odds, she drew away in the stretch to win her graded stakes debut by 3 lengths. She gave trainer Cipriano Contreras his second career graded stakes victory. Contreras has been on his own since 2016 after serving for decades as an assistant to Chicago-area fixture Michael Reavis. Under Reavis, he learned the claiming game, and he continues to excel at it.
“We got lucky today. She’s getting better and better,” Contreras said, who co-owns the horse with Andrew Knapczyk. “We claimed this filly (for $20,000 at Keeneland during the 2019 Fall Meet) and ran her for (a $16,000 claiming price) at Oaklawn. She started running better, and we took a shot. It worked out.”
They had a chance to sell Inthemidstofbiz after the Satin and Lace, and Contreras is glad they turned down the offer.
“She’s never run a bad race this year, and I said I want to hang on to her.”
Jockey Martin Garcia was in the irons for the first time in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes.
“She’s a great filly,” he said. “When I asked her to go, she made it really easy.”
Her name is a blend of father Fed Biz, a three-time contender in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), and mother Midst. She was bred in Kentucky by J.D. Stuart and Mueller Farms.