Superstition ready for second stakes win for Mandella

April 16, 2021

ARCADIA, Calif.—Superstition, never worse than third in six straight turf sprints, the third a promotion from fourth via disqualification, seeks her second straight stakes win in Saturday’s $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes for fillies and mares four and up at six furlongs on grass.

A four-year-old daughter of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, Superstition has a successful running style, usually in close attendance to the pace before wearing down rivals in the stretch. She has a 3-2-1 record in seven races,

“She’s hitting on all cylinders,” Richard Mandella said of Superstition, winner of the restricted Wishing Well by a length-and-a-half at nearly 5-1 odds on Feb. 15, and showing a bullet work March 22, a 46.20 clocking for four furlongs, fastest of 40 drills at the distance.

The Mizdirection is named for the gray daughter of Mizzen Mast that won 11 of 17 career races including the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita against males under Mike Smith in her final start on Nov. 2, 2013.

Trained by Mike Puype, she was out of the money only once, finishing fifth in the one-mile, Grade I Just A Game on a yielding turf course at Belmont Park June 8, 2013.

She was second four times and third once, earning $1,719,621 in her illustrious career.

The field for the Mizdirection, race five: 

1. Annangel, Abel Cedillo, 12-1

2. Superstition, Flavien Prat, 8-5

3. Constantia, Umberto Rispoli, 6-1

4. Biddy Duke, Alexis Centeno, 6-1

5. Leggs Galore, Ricardo Gonzalez, 9-5

6. She’s So Special, Jose Valdivia Jr., 4-1

Santa Anita Stable Notes by Ed Golden

Photo: Superstition winning the Wishing Well Feb. 15, 2021 under Flavien Prat, (Benoit)

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