09/03/2012 2:00PM

Del Mar: CERF serves as Reneesgotzip's first step toward Breeders' Cup

Shigeki Kikkawa
Reneesgotzip has won three of her five starts, including the Santa Ynez Stakes.

DEL MAR, Calif. – The comeback of the graded stakes winner Reneesgotzip begins in Wednesday’s $85,000 CERF Stakes at Del Mar, the first start of an ambitious late-season campaign.

Trainer Peter Miller has the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 as a goal for Reneesgotzip, who has time for two races before that autumn goal.

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The CERF Stakes for fillies and mares is run over six furlongs, and will be Reneesgotzip’s first race in four months. She won the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita in January.

“If we can run our race, she should win,” Miller said.

Owned by the Lanni Family Trust, Reneesgotzip, 3, has won 3 of 5 starts and $261,200. Miller hoped to start Reneesgotzip earlier this summer, in a race such as the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga last month, but the filly was not ready.

“We backed off of her after her last race and thought of the Test,” Miller said. “It came up quick. She needed a bit of R and R.”

Miller said he was thrilled by Reneesgotzip’s five-furlong workout from the gate in 59 seconds on Aug. 29.

“She worked awesome the other day,” Miller said.

A big race on Wednesday would lead to a start in the L.A. Woman Stakes for fillies and mares over 6 1/2 furlongs on Oct. 7 as a final prep for the BC Filly and Mare Sprint.

First, Reneesgotzip must get past eight rivals in the CERF.

She is the only 2012 graded stakes winner in the field, which includes Byrama, the winner of the Manhattan Beach Stakes over six furlongs on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park in June, and Top Debutante, who won the Owens Distaff Handicap at Turf Paradise in April.

New York-based John Velazquez rides Byrama, who is making her career debut on a synthetic track. A 3-year-old filly trained by Simon Callaghan, Byrama has won 3 of 10 starts and $160,314.

Courtside returns in Pirate’s Bounty

Courtside, the winner of the 2011 California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, can move closer to the same race next month when he starts in Wednesday’s $85,000 Pirate’s Bounty Stakes over six furlongs.

Trained by John Sadler for Lee and Susan Searing, Courtside has not raced since a sixth in an optional claimer at Santa Anita in April.

Courtside has made one other start this year, finishing last of six in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita in January.

“He went a little off form,” Sadler said. “It was time to give him a break.”

Trainer Leandro Mora has two runners – Boxeur des Rues and Mensa Heat.

He said his stable’s best chance is Mensa Heat, the winner of the On Trust Handicap at Hollywood Park last December. Claimed for $62,500 at Hollywood Park in July, Mensa Heat was second to the Grade 1 winner Coil in an optional claimer on July 26.

At the time, Mensa Heat was trained by Doug O’Neill. Last month, O’Neill began a 40-day suspension for a medication violation in 2010.

As a result, Mora, his assistant, took over the stable.

Boxeur des Rues, who is winless in seven route races this year, was sixth in the Santa Anita Handicap in March.

“Boxeur is training super, but his worst enemy is his brain,” Mora said.

Bob Baffert starts Sequoia Warrior, who won 2 of 3 starts at Hollywood Park earlier this year. Sequoia Warrior won a seven-furlong optional claimer in his last start on July 15.