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Rome has fresh topic for 'clones'

ARCADIA, Calif. — Sports TV and radio star Jim Rome had plenty to crow about Saturday.

Rome's Jungle Racing LLC co-owns the filly Mizdirection, who beat her male counterparts in the $1 million Turf Sprint.

"I'm numb," Rome said. "Having a hard time believing that that happened."

Rome, who got his first Breeders' Cup win, said he had concerns whether Mizdirection was good enough to win, especially because she hadn't raced in six months.

She was ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who captured his 17th Cup race and second of the weekend, extending his record for wins among jockeys.

Mizdirection had 20-1 morning-line odds but was bet down to single digits by race time. Rome didn't think his listeners who he affectionately calls "clones" were responsible.

"I love my clones, but they don't roll like that," he said. "I don't think they can get 20-1 down to 5-1."

dollars and people: The on-track attendance at Santa Anita Park for the second day was 55,123. That was down from last year's event at Churchill Downs, which attracted more than 65,000, and a decrease from three years ago at Santa Anita (nearly 59,000). Saturday's wagering total across the nation was $98,782,239, compared with slightly more than $102 million last year. Track officials expected the wagering total would drop because of Hurricane Sandy. The figure was higher than 2009, when the total amount wagered was nearly $94 million.

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