On Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park, Jim Rome did something few horse owners have accomplished: he won a Breeders’ Cup race for the second consecutive year. Two days later and 2,000 miles away, he sold the horse that did it for him, Mizdirection, for $2.7 million.
Rome runs his horses in the name of Jungle Racing, a reference to his nationally syndicated radio show; he owned and raced Mizdirection in partnership with Bill Strauss, Danny Gohs, Borris Beljack, and Kevin Nis.
A year ago, the four-year-old Mizdirection got her first Grade 1 victory when she won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, coming to the race off a five-month layoff and rallying to beat males by a half-length. The Breeders’ Cup was at Santa Anita in 2012, and this year, trainer Mike Puype took the same route back to the winner’s circle; the race on Saturday was Mizdirection’s first since June, and she repeated her victory against male horses, again by a half-length, and this time as the favorite.
Said Rome after the race, “I’ll say again right now what I said last year at this time: outside of the day I married my wife Janet and the birth of my two boys, last year’s win right here was the single greatest and most surreal day of my life, and today might be better. It is that good.”
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