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Hollywood: Reneesgotzip launches sprint campaign in Friday allowance
By Brad Free
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Reneesgotzip stayed home Friday to start over.
A former Kentucky Oaks prospect and runner-up twice in Grade 1 routes at Santa Anita, Reneesgotzip shortens up to 6 1/2 furlongs Friday at Hollywood Park for a second-level allowance sprint with implications far greater than the $57,000 purse.
“The long-range goal is the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita,” trainer Peter Miller said early this week.
It is an ambitious plan for an ambitious filly.
Reneesgotzip dazzled from the beginning. She scored a front-running debut win in December at Hollywood, and followed with a 7 3/4-length blowout in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez in January at Santa Anita. Reneesgotzip earned a 101 Beyer in the 6 1/2-furlong stakes, which stamped her as one of the top fillies in California.
But could a filly sired by City Zip carry her speed two turns? Not quite. Reneesgotzip finished second in the Las Virgenes at one mile, and then blew a 2 1/2-length lead in the Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles. She lost by a nose.
Miller and owner Lanni Family Trust skipped the Kentucky Oaks and have redesigned her campaign to shorter distances which will allow Reneesgotzip to exploit her weapon, speed. In race 7 Friday at Hollywood, she takes the first step on a campaign that will keep her around one turn.
“We’re probably looking at a four-race campaign,” Miller said.
His plan includes the Acorn on May 28 at Belmont; the Test in August at Saratoga; and the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita.
Reneesgotzip drew the rail Friday against three older females and one other 3-year-old. Apprentice rider Eswan Flores will step on the gas early, per Miller’s instructions.
“From the inside post we have no choice but let her run out of there,” Miller said. With an apprentice rider, Reneesgotzip gets a five-pound weight break in addition to the three-pound age allowance.
“We’re getting six to eight pounds, and the more weight you get, the less of a disadvantage you’re at against older horses,” Miller said.
Reneesgotzip has 2 wins, 2 seconds, and earnings of $227,000 from 4 starts. If the race unfolds as expected, Reneesgotzip should race gate to wire.
Bob Baffert-trained Glamorista, a 5-year-old comebacker who will be ridden by Chantal Sutherland, is the principal rival. Glamorista, 2 for 3, has a series of fast works for her first start in two months.
Spectacular Sky finished second last out in a Grade 3 sprint, and returns to the allowance ranks Friday with Pat Valenzuela aboard.
Trained by Marty Jones, Spectacular Sky will keep the pace honest.
Versailles Song and Customer Base complete the field.
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