Will There Be a Breeders’ Cup for Escape Clause?

Manitoba-bred mare Escape Clause continued to write her Cinderella story with a game second-place finish to Midnight Bisou in the $750,000 Apple Blossom Stakes (Grade 1) at Oaklawn Park on April 14, and four days later she was named the 2018 Champion Older Mare in Canada at the 44th annual Sovereign Awards. What will she do for an encore? The clubhouse crowds at both Turf Paradise and Assiniboia Downs were loud and rocking when Escape Clause turned for home in the Apple Blossom with a short lead on Midnight Bisou. They got even rowdier when Escape Clause came back at her rival late after being headed with 100 yards to go. At the wire it was much too close to call. A head bob would be a stretch. These two gamers could have gone another sixteenth of a mile in photo-finish land, with the winner being decided by a coin…

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