Updated on 09/05/2012 8:12PM

Del Mar: Reeneesgotzip comes close to track record winning CERF

Benoit & Associates
Reneesgotzip runs six furlongs on Polytrack in 1:08.23, just .06 of a second off the Del Mar track record.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Reneesgotzip rocketed to the front, never looked back, and just missed the six-furlong track record with a dazzling, 3 1/4-length victory in the $89,000 CERF Stakes for older female sprinters on Wednesday at Del Mar.

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Reneesgotzip ($3.20), the heavy favorite, was making her first start since May, but showed no signs of rust. She set fractions of 21.97 seconds for a quarter-mile and 44.43 seconds for a half-mile en route to a final time of 1:08.23 for six furlongs on Polytrack, just .06 of a second shy of the track record owned by Euroears.

Byrama finished second, another 3 1/4 lengths in front of third-place Jet Blue Girl in the field of eight. Top Debutante was scratched earlier in the day.

Garrett Gomez rode the winner for Peter Miller, who trains Reneesgotzip for the Lanni Family Trust. Reneesgotzip, 3, has now won 4 times in 6 starts, including the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes in January. She missed by a nose in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks in March.

Dry Summer by neck in Oak Tree Juvenile Turf

Dry Summer, making his first start on turf and around two turns, rallied down the center of the track and got up in the final strides to beat Power Broker by a neck in the inaugural $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Turf for 2-year-olds on Wednesday at Del Mar.

Caught Napping was another half-length back in third. The favored He’s Had Enough was sixth in the nine-horse field.

Dry Summer ($16.80) benefited by a torrid early pace set by Power Broker and Buckleberry Grey, who set fractions of 22.36 seconds for a quarter-mile, 45.70 seconds for a half-mile, and 1:10.34 for six furlongs. Dry Summer rallied past them late and completed one mile on firm turf in 1:35.16

The win on Dry Summer gave jockey Joe Talamo his 12th stakes victory at the meet, equaling the single-season mark with two stakes to go on the closing-day card. Rafael Bejarano also has won 12 stakes this meet. Four riders won 12 stakes in a single season in previous years.

Dry Summer, a ridgling by Any Given Saturday, was coming off a win against maidens in his second lifetime start when going six furlongs on Polytrack here on July 28. He is trained by Jeff Mullins, who decided to run Dry Summer in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf, and stablemate Gabriel Charles later in the day in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity. Both Dry Summer and Gabriel Charles are owned by Sam Britt and Michael House.

Comma to the Top takes Pirate’s Bounty

Trainer Peter Miller won his third race of the day and clinched at least a share of the title for leading trainer when 2-1 favorite Comma to the Top won the $96,110 Pirate’s Bounty Stakes for older sprinters on Wednesday at Del Mar.

Comma to the Top ($6.40), who usually speeds to the lead, settled smartly in third during a torrid opening quarter-mile in 21.85 seconds, came three paths wide to engage the leaders entering the stretch, and kicked clear for comfortable, 1 3/4-length victory in 1:08.71 for six furlongs on Polytrack.

Mensa Heat finished second, a half-length in front of third-place Sequoia Warrior.

Miller had lost with 31 straight runners before his first victory on Wednesday’s card. His three wins through the first six races put him two ahead of second-place Bob Baffert, who only had two starters remaining on Wednesday.

“I’ve been coming here since I was 8 years old,” said Miller, who had never led a Del Mar meet. “This is hallowed ground for me. This would mean so much to me.”

A gelding, Comma to the Top, 4, has now won 9 times in 21 starts. He is best known for winning the CashCall Futurity at age 2. In his most recent start, he finished fourth in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes on July 29 behind three outstanding sprinters, Amazombie, The Factor, and Capital Account.

Martin Pedroza picked up the mount on Comma to the Top, replacing Corey Nakatani, who took the day off because of the aftereffects of aggravating a shoulder injury when pulling up an injured horse on Monday.