04/15/2012 5:23PM

Santa Anita: Mizdirection may ship to New York for Just a Game

Benoit & Associates
Mike Puype says Mizdirection could travel to New York for the June 9 Just a Game on Belmont Park's turf course.

Mizdirection’s win in the Las Cienegas Handicap on the main track on Saturday will not result in a different focus for the 4-year-old filly’s career.

Trainer Mike Puype said on Sunday that Mizdirection will race mainly in turf stakes this year. He mentioned the $500,000 Just a Game Stakes over a mile on turf for fillies and mares at Belmont Park on June 9 as a possibility for her next start.

“She will be on the grass next time,” he said. “The Just a Game at Belmont would be under consideration.”

One option at the upcoming Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting is the $70,000 Great Lady M Stakes for fillies and mares over six furlongs on turf on May 27.

The Las Cienegas was scheduled for about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course and was transferred to the main track after considerable rain on Friday. Only four started in the Las Cienegas. Mizdirection closed from last in the final three furlongs to win by a half-length, extending her winning streak to four.

Mizdirection won an optional claimer and two stakes, all on turf, before the Las Cienegas.

“She got the job done,” Puype said. “She’s not the same filly on the dirt as she is on the turf.”

Owned by a partnership, Mizdirection has the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in November as a long-term goal, Puype said.


Roy Sankar More than 1 year ago
petem More than 1 year ago
Agree with the style of writing by Anderson when he mentions the horse is owned by a "partnership." Don't care if its a celeb or not, list the owners names. They put up money for the horse and deserve to be mentioned, I dont car of its John & Mary Doe.
Standiforx More than 1 year ago
Typical myopic writing by the DRF. Yes, Mizdirection is owned by a partnership. Among the luminaries in that partnership is Radio/TV host Jim Rome who has been more effective promoting the sport on his radio show than all of the dubious ad campaigns that we have seen from the various industry efforts. Perhaps Mr. Andersen doesn't care for Rome's Jungle shtick but failing to acknowledge a successful owner in this publication is a way to ensure the sport's eventual demise.
Walfred More than 1 year ago
Well put!