05/22/2012 3:35PM

Hollywood Park notes: Reneesgotzip will stay home for now

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Reneesgotzip, with Corey Nakatani riding, wins the Santa Ynez.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The spring campaign of 3-year-old Reneesgotzip has been redirected, and the graded stakes-winning filly will stay home rather than ship to Belmont Park for the Grade 1 Acorn on Monday as planned. “We’re going to punt,” trainer Peter Miller said Tuesday at Hollywood Park. “They’re calling for rain in New York, and to run her a mile right now, possibly on an off track, doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

After speaking with owner Debbie Lanni, Miller opted to postpone travel. What he termed “our main goals” are the Test on Aug. 25 at Saratoga and the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

“She’s doing great. She breezed Monday, but we’re going to wait.” Reneesgotzip has won 3 races and $261,200 from 5 starts.

Miller said options include the Grade 2 Vagrancy on June 2 at Belmont Park, and the $70,000 Manhattan Beach on June 9 at Hollywood.

Gutierrez in dreamland

Kentucky Derby- and Preakness-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez was at Hollywood on Tuesday morning to work a Ben Cecil-trained import named Atlantic Swing. Gutierrez remains awed by I’ll Have Another and his unlikely bid for a Triple Crown.

“Four months ago, I was ready to go home,” he said. “It’s like a fairy tale, it’s a dream come true.” Atlantic Swing, a Stormy Atlantic filly, worked six furlongs in 1:14.

Awesome Gem may travel

An eighth-place finish May 5 in the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap has given the connections of 9-year-old Awesome Gem reason to explore out-of-town options for his next start. The Grade 2 Californian on June 2 at Hollywood is one option, while the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap on Monday, May 28 at Golden Gate Fields makes sense due to the lesser competition he would meet.

“He just didn’t show up [in the Mervyn LeRoy],” trainer Craig Dollase said. “He pulled up great, and he pulled up great in his workout [Tuesday]. We might try something different with him.” Awesome Gem, with 10 wins and earnings of more than $2.7 million from 46 starts, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 on Tuesday at Hollywood.

Meanwhile, the likely favorite for the Californian also worked Tuesday. Morning Line, front-running winner of the Mervyn LeRoy, worked six furlongs in 1:14.20.

One horse not likely to run in the Californian is Tiznow winner Mobilized. Trainer Gary Mandella said Tuesday the 6-year-old is training so well he does not want to wait until June 2. “He’s doing so good, I’m going to go ahead and run him Saturday in the American.”

Mobilized is expected to face Mr. Commons in the Grade 2 American at a mile on turf.

Switch will make a difference

The female sprint division in California will get tougher once Switch returns to form, which trainer John Sadler expects she will. A multiple Grade 1 winner and runner-up in the BC Filly and Mare Sprint in 2011 at Churchill Downs, Switch misfired in her May 5 comeback at Churchill Downs, finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff.

“She was flat,” Sadler said. “Maybe she needed the race. But she worked super Sunday” – in four furlongs in 47 seconds, second-fastest of 69 works – “and I don’t think I can hold her until the A Gleam.” The Grade 2 seven-furlong A Gleam is July 14; Switch is likely to run next on June 17 in the $70,000 Desert Stormer. Switch has won five races and more than $1.2 million for owner CRK Stable.

Carolyn Barg More than 1 year ago
Thank you for this update. I know she's one very special mare.