Mizdirection, owned by Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing and partners, notched her fourth consecutive victory on Saturday taking down top prize in the Las Cienegas Handicap (G3).
Moved from the turf to the main track because of recent rains, the Las Cienegas field was shortened due to the scratch of turf specialist Unzip Me.
Mizdirection broke sharply but was taken back off the pace by jockey David Flores. At the heaitd of the lane, Flores asked the classy daughter of Mizzen Mast for her best and she responded gamely. It took a few strides for her to really get going, but once she did, she mowed down Teroda to win the 6 ½ furlong test in 1:16.50. It was the first main track stakes victory for Mizdirection.
The win may not have been as flashy as her three previous wins on turf, but the filly trained by Mike Puype did what she was supposed to do, and that was to win.
“I had confidence today,” said Flores, “but I was expecting her to have the same turn of foot that she does on grass, and it was not like that. The dirt is getting heavier, so it was a bit tiring.
“When I moved outside, I had her chase the leader,” Flores continued. “She accelerated slowly, but she got on it. After the wire, she was very happy. It’s good to ride a horse like this. She showed her class today.”
Jim Rome was on hand for the stakes score. “They don’t just give the money away,” he told Santa Anita Publicity in the winner’s circle following the race. “You have to earn it. She made me proud today. I knew she would give us everything she had.”
The win brought Mizdirection’s overall record to 6-3-1 in 10 starts. The winning purse of $60,000 increased her career earnings to $360,111 for Rome’s Jungle Racing and partners Joshua Grohs and William Strauss. She was purchased at auction for $50,000 in May of 2010.
Santa Anita Publicity contributed to this report.