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Though disappointed with Mizdirection’s fifth-place finish in
Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park, trainer
Mike Puype is far from discouraged.
“I’m not making any excuses,” said Puype shortly after landing in
Los Angeles Sunday morning. “It’s just the circumstances. After all
the rain they got, the turf course was really deep. When they come out
here, it’s different, and when we fly there, it’s different. I don’t
think her quality is in question. We had to take a chance with the race
being a Grade I and for all that money.”
Puype said Mizdirection, who had won four consecutive graded races
prior to the Just a Game, is due back at Betfair Hollywood Park Sunday
night. He said she came out of the race “well,” but will take some time
to evaluate her before deciding where she’ll run next.