Mizdirection Takes Turf Sprint Over the Boys

Photo By Anne Eberhardt

Mizdirection fights off Unbridled's Note to win the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

Taken from www.bloodhorse.com

Mizdirection provided a rumble in The Jungle at Santa Anita Park Nov. 3, taking the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) in a thrilling stretch drive in near-record time.

The 4-year-old gray daughter of MIZZEN MAST , one of two fillies in the 14-horse field, is co-owned by TV and sports radio personality Jim Rome, whose program is known as The Jungle. Trained by Mike Puype, she was ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who notched his 17th victory in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. He became the leading rider by wins on Nov. 2 when he took the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) on Royal Delta.

Smith gave Mizdirection a patient ride in the about 6 1/2-furlong event, which unfolded with the hottest pace seen yet during Breeders’ Cup weekend at Santa Anita. Jerry Hollendorfer’s Chosen Miracle and Aidan O’Brien’s Starspangledbanner went a blistering opening quarter in :21.11 and the half in :42.39.

As the field cross the dirt path off the hill and onto the main turf course, Smith swung Mizdirection out into the middle of the track and began a furious chase after Unbridled's Note and Reneesgotzip, the other filly in the field.

Whipping and driving, Mizdirection caught Unbridled’s Note about 10 strides from the wire and prevailed by half a length. Reneesgotzip was 1 1/4 lengths back in third. Great Mills nabbed fourth.

The final time was 1:11.39, just off the track record of 1:11.

"It was absolutely awesome," Rome said in a crowded winner’s circle. "Mike is a Hall of Fame rider, and he gave her a Hall of Fame ride." The other co-owners include William Strauss, Danny Gohs, B. Beljak, KMN Racing.

Mizdirection, trained by Mike Puype, came into the race off a long layoff. She had not raced since May 27, when she finished second in the Great Lady M Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park. She has now won four of her five starts of the year and raised her career earnings to $914,621.

Date: 4 November 2012