04/13/2013 7:54PM

Santa Anita: Mizdirection goes all out to win Las Cienegas

Benoit & Associates
Mizdirection won the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes by a half-length Saturday for her fourth straight win.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Mizdirection won her fourth consecutive stakes in Saturday’s $100,000 Las Cienegas, catching stablemate Schiaparelli in the last sixteenth of a mile to give trainer Mike Puype a sweep of the exacta.

The heavily favored Mizdirection ($2.80) led for the first furlong and was second as the field continued down the hill, stalking 9-2 Schiaparelli. Trailing Schiaparelli by two lengths with a furlong to go, Mizdirection was fully extended to win the race over about 6 1/2 furlong on the hillside turf course by a half-length. Ridden by David Flores, Mizdirection was timed in 1:12.61.

“She broke really sharp and ran perfectly,” Puype said. “The other filly ran lights out. I felt at one point in the stretch (Mizdirection) wouldn’t get there. She always shows up. She’s really honest. It was hard to separate them at the wire. It was a big race for both.”

Mizdirection’s winning streak began in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint against males last November. Earlier this year, she won two Grade 2 stakes on turf here – the Monrovia on the hillside turf course and the Buena Vista over a mile.

Schiaparelli, who appeared to jump a shadow in deep stretch, finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of Purim’s Dancer, who was followed by Bench Glory and Givine in the field of five fillies and mares. The $1 Puype-trained exacta paid $3.50.

Mizdirection races for a partnership led by Bill Strauss and television sports commentator Jim Rome. A 5-year-old mare by Mizzen Mast, Mizdirection was so heavily favored in the Las Cienegas that she attracted $462,037 of the $520,841 bet to show, leading to a minus show pool of $89,189.

Mizdirection has won 10 of 15 starts and $1,154,621. She is likely to make her next start in the $500,000 Just a Game Stakes over a mile on turf at Belmont Park on June 8.

• Jubliant Girl won her first stakes, and the third race of her four-race career, in Saturday’s $71,150 Runway Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the hillside turf course.

Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Jubliant Girl ($5.60) was third on the hillside, took the lead in early stretch, and won by 1 1/2 lengths over 5-1 Wednesday. Upbeat Mood, who set an early pace of 22.44 and 44.84 seconds, finished third in the field of five.

Jubliant Girl was timed in 1:12.89 for about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf. Owned by CRK Stables and trained by John Sadler, Jubliant Girl has earned $107,067. Sadler said the filly will be pointed for the $100,000 Senorita Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over a mile on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park on May 11.

Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
Gutty win. I don't think she is quite as good as she was a few months ago but she does not lack in the "Try" department..
Mick More than 1 year ago
Very exciting race! Love Mizdirection, glad I got to attend her race today. Wish her well as she takes her show on the road.
B More than 1 year ago
This is one fine filly. Too bad she will inevitably have to run into Groupie Doll.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Why would she have to face Groupie Doll? It's unlikely that Bradley would put the Doll on turf, and Mizdirection may be stretching out, but she'll be sticking to turf. In any event, Mizdirection is just a fun mare to watch run. She's apparently pretty nasty around the stable, but she sure loves to run and win.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
The girls did it again! Sensational run again by Mizdirection. Congrats to all the connections and keep her in the game!