09/13/2012 3:08PM

Santa Anita: Reneesgotzip to take on Amazombie in Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Benoit & Associates
Reneesgotzip will face Amazombie in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

POMONA, Calif. – The sprint division in California just got a lot more interesting.

Reneesgotzip, the 3-year-old filly who blazed to a 1:08.23 comeback win Sept. 5 at Del Mar, will step outside her division to face champion Amazombie on Oct. 6 in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, a six-furlong stakes formerly named the Ancient Title.

Trainer Peter Miller announced Thursday that Reneesgotzip would target the $250,000 Sprint Championship, with an eye toward the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

“She loves Santa Anita, three-quarters is better for her, and it’s a Win and You’re In,” Miller said. “Amazombie is a good horse, but I think the fillies are better than the colts.”

The top filly-mare sprinters include Turbulent Descent, Groupie Doll, and Winding Way.

Reneesgotzip had been off four months when Miller brought her back in the CERF Stakes at Del Mar off an abbreviated training pattern.

“I worked her only four times in three months,” Miller said. “She wasn’t fit and tight, but she earned a 100 Beyer and almost broke the track record. She’s just an amazing filly.”

The Lanni Family Trust owns Reneesgotzip, who has won four races and $314,600 in six starts. She won the Grade 2, seven-furlong Santa Ynez in January at Santa Anita and finished second in two Grade 1 routes at Santa Anita – the Las Virgenes at one mile and the Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.

Options for Reneesgotzip against fillies and mares include the $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs on Oct. 7 and the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at seven furlongs on Nov. 3.

Reneesgotzip is expected to set the pace in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship. To win, she must hold off 6-year-old gelding Amazombie, who won the stakes last year and clinched an Eclipse Award for champion sprinter by subsequently winning the BC Sprint at Churchill Downs.