Mizdirection beats the boys in Turf Sprint
|Mizdirection maintained her undefeated mark on Santa Anita's turf course while ending Unbridled's Note's
Noted sports broadcaster Jim Rome, a convert to Thoroughbred racing in recent
years and operator of Jungle Racing stable, celebrated his biggest win as an
owner Saturday when Mizdirection, a filly he owns in partnership with Strauss,
Grohs, Beljak and KMN Racing, turned in a spectacular stretch run to win the
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.
Eleventh in the field of 14 with slightly more than a quarter-mile remaining,
Mizdirection had to make a five-wide charge down the stretch to make up a near
eight-length deficit, but did just that to edge lukewarm 9-2 favorite
Unbridled's Note by a half-length. The final time for about 6 1/2 furlongs on
firm ground was 1:11 1/5.
Backed to third favoritism at 6-1, Mizdirection paid $15.80, $7.40 and $5.
"Before the race, (trainer) Mike (Puype) told me, 'I don't care if you ride
her around them. I don't care if you ride her inside them. I don't care if you
ride her in front of them. I don't care if you ride her from behind -- just ride
her the way you know you can,'" winning jockey Mike Smith said. "I was really
glad he said that to me because it allowed me to ride her with confidence. When
we came across the dirt, I had a lot ground to make up but I was really
confident I could."
Unbridled's Note, who won the course-and-distance Grade 3 Eddie D on opening
day of the Santa Anita fall meet, ran a strong race in defeat. Rated in
mid-pack, the three-year-old gradually improved position while benefiting from a
fast early pace, took a brief lead with a sixteenth to go and just failed to
hold off the winner. He finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of another three-year-old,
the filly Reneesgotzip, who was making her turf debut.
|Mizdirection won in style before a large sun-soaked crowd
The order of finish was rounded out by Great Mils, Great Attack, Corporate
Jungle, Next Question, Tale of a Champion, Upgrade, Starspangledbanner, Camp
Victory, Chosen Miracle, California Flag and Bridgetown. European invader
Starspangledbanner was the surprising early leader, breaking on top from post 14
and setting splits of :21 and :42 1/5 down the hill before fading in the final
Mizdirection has hit the board in all of her stakes appearances, beginning
with back-to-back seconds in the Manhattan Beach at Hollywood Park and the Grade
2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar in the summer of 2011. Victorious in the
one-mile Sandy Blue Handicap at Del Mar in her next outing, she was next
elevated from fourth to third in the Grade 2 Raven Run at Keeneland.
The four-year-old filly kicked off her 2012 campaign with three straight
wins, taking the course-and-distance Grade 3 Monrovia and Clocker's Corner
Handicap before triumphing over three rivals in the off-the-turf Las Cienegas
Handicap. Mizdirection made her most recent start in the May 27 Great Lady M at
Hollywood, where she was upset at 2-5 and settled for second. Her record now
stands at 12-7-4-1, $914,621.
Bred in Kentucky by Joseph Perrotta, Mizdirection was produced by the Clever
Trick mare Deceptive, who is also the dam of stakes winner Hurricane Bernie.
This is the extended family of Grade 1 vixen Hooh Why and Grade 3 victor Jaded
Mizdirection was a $50,000 two-year-old in training purchase at the Fasig-Tipton
Midlantic May sale.
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