Mizdirection, a Kentucky-bred filly with Florida ties, beat the boys in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1).
Ridden by Mike Smith, Mizdirection settled toward the back of the pack early. From 10th position, she rolled by them all in deep stretch to beat Unbridled’s Song by a half-length to give sports talk radio host and co-owner Jim Rome his first Breeders’ Cup victory.
“I’m numb,” Rome said in a crowded winner’s circle celebration. “I’m having a hard time believing that that happened.”
Mizdirection, a daughter of Mizzen Mast, was bet down to just under 7-1 from her morning line odds of 20-1. In the press conference following the race, Rome was asked if the “clones,” the passionate followers of his radio show, had hammered the horse at the mutuel windows.
“I love my clones, but they don’t roll like that,” Rome said. “I don’t think they can get 20-1 down to 5-1. I love them, they have my back but they just don’t roll like this. I got a feel that people know she wasn’t a 20-1 horse. She knew she was live. The great thing about this horse is she is so honest and so tough.”
Mizdirection races for Rome’s Jungle Racing, Strauss, Grohs Beljak, KMN Racing and Kramek. Mike Puype is her conditioner. Mizdirection received her early training lessons in Florida at Roy Lerman’s Lambholm South under the experienced eye of Junior Serna.