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Hollywood Park: Reneesgotzip points to Acorn at Belmont Park
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – From two perspectives, California-based trainer Peter Miller will focus on New York racing later this month.
On May 28, Miller plans to saddle Reneesgotzip in the $300,000 Acorn Stakes, a Grade 1 for 3-year-old fillies over a mile at Belmont Park. Last Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park, Reneesgotzip won an allowance race over 6 1/2 furlongs against older fillies and mares.
Next Saturday, Miller will have a starter in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont in All Squared Away, a colt he formerly trained and still owns. Now trained by Wesley Ward, All Squared Away was the upset winner of the Grade 2 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 21.
Reneesgotzip, owned by the Lanni Family Trust, won her third race in five starts Friday. Her only losses have been second-place finishes in two Grade 1 races at Santa Anita earlier this year – the Las Virgenes Stakes and Santa Anita Oaks.
Miller considered sending Reneesgotzip to Churchill Downs for a stakes Friday – the Kentucky Oaks or Eight Belles Stakes – but opted to stay home. After watching Reneesgotzip lead throughout Friday’s race as the 2-5 favorite to win by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:16.65, Miller said he was glad he did not travel.
“She did kind of what was expected,” Miller said. “It puts us on course for the Acorn. It was a nice race, and it should set us up for the one-turn mile. Hopefully, this will be a springboard forward.”
Miller said that extensive travel, from California to Kentucky and then California to New York for the Acorn, would have been asking too much of Reneesgotzip.
“I think we did the right thing,” he said. “I think she was a little knocked out after the Santa Anita Oaks.”
Apprentice jockey Eswan Flores rode Reneesgotzip for the first time Friday, allowing a five-pound break in weight.
“I wanted to take the weight off,” Miller said.
The Acorn Stakes is run around one turn. Earlier this year at Santa Anita, Reneesgotzip won the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes over seven furlongs around one turn.
All Squared Away, who began his career in California with Miller, was turned over to Ward after a sixth in the Grade 2 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 24.
In the Lexington Stakes, All Squared Away closed from fourth in a field of 11 to score a 70-1 upset as the longest shot in the field.
Miller, through his Altamira Racing, owns 75 percent of All Squared Away and has Wire-to-Wire Racing as a partner.
In the long-term, Miller said that All Squared Away is “definitely” coming back to California, but will remain in the East this spring where there are more opportunities for 3-year-olds.
◗ American Act, winner of the Harry Henson Stakes on April 26, is likely to start in the $100,000 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs next Saturday, trainer Jack Carava said Saturday.
“He came out of the race in pretty good shape,” Carava said. “We’re kind of leaning toward running right now.”
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