05/25/2012 4:38PM

Hollywood Park: Mizdirection's course is all planned out

Benoit & Associates
Mizdirection will stay within her division until the Breeders' Cup and then take on males.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – As the year unfolds and her win streak grows, so have the lofty ambitions for the top female turf sprinter in California.

Mizdirection should win her fifth straight Sunday at Hollywood Park in a little $70,000 turf sprint for fillies and mares. The Great Lady M. appears to be easy pickings, as do the two races she will target thereafter.

Mizdirection can win her sixth straight this summer at Del Mar in a little $85,000 turf stakes against fillies and mares, and finally make it seven in a row in autumn at Santa Anita, in a cozy little $100,000 turf stakes against – you guessed it – fillies and mares.

But in early November, it will get a lot tougher for Mizdirection. That is when trainer Mike Puype is confident the 4-year-old filly will be sufficiently seasoned to move outside gender-specific races and venture into the wild.

“That’s when we’ll take on the boys in the Breeders’ Cup down the hill,” Puype said this week. “That is the ultimate goal.”

Welcome to the jungle, honey. And the money is good – purse for the BC Turf Sprint is $1 million.

Puype trains Mizdirection for the Jungle Racing stable of sports broadcaster Jim Rome, restaurateur Bill Strauss, Danny Grohs and partners. The 4-year-old filly has taken them on quite a ride so far. Mizdirection has won six races and $360,111 from 10 starts and emerged as leader of a niche category.

“She has proven herself to be a first-class turf sprinter,” Puype said. “She does one thing best, and that is what I expect to see Sunday. Obviously we are excited about getting back on grass.”

Five turf sprints produced four wins and a second, and if Puype is happy to see her back on grass, so are bettors that backed her at 3-10 odds last time in the Las Cienegas Handicap at Santa Anita. Scheduled for turf, rain forced the stakes to dirt. Mizdirection won by a half-length. It was not pretty, but she got there first.

Sunday in the Great Lady M., Mizdirection returns to grass while reuniting with regular jockey Garrett Gomez for the first time since January. David Flores rode Mizdirection last out, it was Mike Smith before that. “I usually don’t move riders off horses when they win,” Puype said, “but there were extenuating circumstances.”

Gomez was injured this winter when a Puype trainee unseated him, and Puype always intended to give back the mount on Mizdirection. But typically, when a jockey wins on a horse, as Flores did last out, he rides the horse back. Puype went against protocol.

“We had a very hard decision, it wasn’t easy putting Gomez back on,” he said.

Mizdirection has worked super for her return to turf, and in August will target the Daisycutter at Del Mar followed by the Sen. Ken Maddy in fall at Santa Anita. Both are for fillies and mares.

“I wouldn’t want to take on the boys more than once,” Puype said.

The seven rivals hoping Mizdirection has a bad day include graded stakes winner Broken Dreams, to be ridden by Flores, and Briecat, shortening from a route to a sprint. Others in the field are Teroda, Equitana, Mega Dream, Bloemer Girl, and Holding Her Ground.

Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
Speed is speed. Also, knowing the downhill turf course is paramount for Santa Anita. Is she great? I say no. However, you do not have to be great to upset a Breeders Cup Field. Ignore at your peril!
Guy More than 1 year ago
Well they sure plan on jumping the shark. The filly is good...but she is not great.
Carson Wiest More than 1 year ago
Not going for the money when you should, than going for the money when you shouldnt. I hope she wins when the moneys on the line, but she will need to beat the turf mares we have here in SoCal by atleast 5 in a hand ride to make me think she has a shot. Which she hasnt yet.
RunningDog More than 1 year ago
I would agree. This horse is a nice filly to have for sure, gives it her best everytime. But as of now think BC against the boys is a fantasy, not very realistic. Do wish them well though, hope she steps up.