02/19/2013 3:05PM

Santa Anita: Mizdirection's plans call for mix of turf sprints, miles

Benoit & Associates
Mizdirection wins the one-mile, Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita on Monday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Mizdirection will run in a mix of turf sprints and miles in coming months after reaffirming her versatility with an impressive win in Monday’s $150,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita.

The Grade 2 Buena Vista was Mizdirection’s first start at a mile on turf since August 2011 and has left trainer Mike Puype with options throughout the nation this spring and summer.

Tuesday, Puype said that no race plans had been made for Mizdirection, a 5-year-old who has won 9 of 14 starts and $1,094,621. He was more relieved that a small wound that Mizdirection suffered to the heel of her left front foot was not a problem. Mizdirection was believed to have grabbed a quarter at the start of the Buena Vista, a race she won by 2 1/4 lengths over In the Stars.

“It looks like she’ll be okay,” Puype said. “I don’t think we’ll miss any time.”

Mizdirection won her third consecutive stakes in the Buena Vista, a streak that began with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint against males here in November. Mizdirection could start in the $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap on the hillside turf course April 13 or run at tracks such as Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, or Keeneland.

“I’ll know more in another week,” Puype said. “There is one more race here. She’ll have to go on the road sometime.”

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is BC Mile not the goal for this mare? Am I just being crazy?
Jim Eggers More than 1 year ago
Was at the track and was very impressed with her classy performance. I had a chance to meet Jim Rome, very gracious person, and got rewarded with a small return on a 6 dollar exacta that I bet 50 times! All in all,a great day at the track.
Daisy More than 1 year ago
A Jealous Woman had breathing trouble in the race. Turned out to be an inflamed membrane in her throat. Vet surprised she made it around the track.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
That would certainly explain her surprising non-effort. A Jealous Woman is one of the gamest and most professional horses on the grounds. I think Mike Smith was even expecting A Jealous Woman to have the early lead. But when that one didn't show her customary zip, Smith decided to go ahead and dictate things himself; Mizdirection never looked back and won as much the best. In the Stars didn't have the best of trips and may be one to watch out for on this circuit. It will be interesting to see whether she can stretch out to 9 and 10 furlongs.
Mick More than 1 year ago
Love her, very classy mare. Will be fun to watch her this year.
James Pugliese More than 1 year ago
Im sorry to be bitter but, if any of the other jockeys would of tried to run wih her early(A Jealous Woman)maybe the race would not of been handed to her in the 1st turn.Certainly she was the horse to beat,but the othert jockeys did themselves no favors
Luis E Astacio More than 1 year ago
It was a pleasure to wath Mizdirection teased the competition she had.It is not that she won but how she did it,Congratulations to all the connections
Jimmy Moroney More than 1 year ago
Amazing, the mother was 0-22 and Miz has turned into a very nice racehorse! Kudos to my Cousin, who bred her!