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  • Mizdirection Lands Gamble

Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (Grade 1) 6f 110y

  • (3yo+, 6f 110y, Class 1, 14 runners)
  • Winner $638,800 2nd $197,800 3rd $98,899 4th $49,299
  • Going: Firm
  • Surface: Dirt
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  • Winning time:
  • Off time: 21:01:14
  • Last Updated: November 3 2012, 21:24 GMT

Mizdirection landed a big gamble when winning the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint under Mike Smith at Santa Anita.

Mizdirection (left) gets up to win the Turf Sprint
Mizdirection (left) gets up to win the Turf Sprint

The grey filly had a Morning Line price of 20/1 but was backed into 9/2 and she finished best of all to land the spoils.

Aidan O'Brien's Starspangledbanner made use of his good draw and took them along, opening up a two-length lead early in the straight.

However, he faded late on with Mizdirection staying on best to beat Unbridled's Note by half a length with Reneesgotzip back in third.

Mike Puype, who was securing his first Breeders' Cup success, said: "She had really good speed figures for this race.

"I couldn't be happier with her today.

"She lost ground but she still kicked on."

Smith said: "Mike's a brilliant trainer and she looked ready.

"She's really a two-miler so I knew she'd get the six and a half (furlongs)."

Despite the manner of his defeat, Starspangledbanner set remarkably quick fractions in the first half a mile.

Aidan O'Brien was similarly impressed, and is looking forward to next season with some relish.

He said: "We made the decision to let him roll along and he seemed to quicken up nicely coming into the stretch.

"We were really delighted with his performance, although I think he wants to be running over five furlongs or six furlongs.

"Six and a half furlongs may have been a bit far for him.

"The good thing is that his pace is right back.

"We can look forward to him next year."

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