09/05/2013 3:47PM

Del Mar notes: Gypsy Robin headed to Keeneland

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Private Zone holds off Ain't No Other to win the Pirate's Bounty on Wednesday. He will point to the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

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DEL MAR, Calif. - Gypsy Robin, who won the California Equine Retirement Foundation Stakes for female sprinters Wednesday, will remain on Polytrack by running in the Grade 2, $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 5, according to trainer Mike Puype.

Gypsy Robin rebounded from a fourth-place finish in a classified allowance race July 18.

“I don’t know what happened to her last time,” said jockey Mike Smith, who rode Gypsy Robin in both starts here. “She never focused on the race. She was brilliant today. The last time I rode her, I expected her to do this.”

Gypsy Robin won the Beaumont Stakes and Raven Run last year at Keeneland.

Private Zone gives O’Neill two for BC Sprint

Private Zone, who won the Pirate’s Bounty Stakes for older sprinters Wednesday, will be pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, giving trainer Doug O’Neill two potential starters in the race, including Goldencents.
The Pirate’s Bounty was the first start for Private Zone since a ninth-place finish in the Dubai Golden Shaheen in March.

O’Neill said a vacation after the Dubai trip proved invaluable.

“He definitely seems like he’s improving,” O’Neill said.

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The win was the first in the United States for Private Zone, 4, since being brought here from Panama, but he had finished second in several stakes, most notably the Grade 1 Malibu last December. A gelding, Private Zone is owned by Good Friends Stable, a partnership put together by former rider Rene Douglas, who was responsible for finding Private Zone in Panama and bringing him here.

Cotillion likely next stop for Sweet Lulu

Sweet Lulu, who won the Test Stakes at Saratoga in her last start, is likely to make her next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing on Sept. 21, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Thursday.

Sweet Lulu already has won around two turns at Del Mar, but this would be her first stakes try going a route. She has won all four of her starts.

“We’re thinking strongly about the Cotillion,” said Hollendorfer, who trains Sweet Lulu for Steve Beneto. “It’s an opportunity to run for a big purse, and if it doesn’t work out the way we like, there’s still six weeks to get her prepared for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.”

– additional reporting by Steve Andersen