03/06/2012 2:18PM

Santa Anita: Sanagas will rest, go to Australia for Melbourne Cup

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Sanagas, with Rajiv Maragh riding, wins the Hollywood Turf Cup.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Sanagas, the winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup last November but only sixth in the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes on Feb. 11, will not start again at Santa Anita this spring, trainer Peter Miller said.

The B.C. 3 Thoroughbreds partnership that owns Sanagas intend to send the 6-year-old gelding to Australia for an expected start in the Melbourne Cup this fall. Sanagas will skip the $150,000 San Luis Rey Stakes on March 18 and the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap on April 22.

“We’re inclined to rest him until he heads over to Australia, Miller said. “Physically, he’s fine.”

Miller said that Sanagas will be trained by Bart Cummings in Australia.

Cummings has won the Melbourne Cup a record 12 times.

Miller could have a San Juan Capistrano starter in Val Champ, who was fourth in the Group 1 Carlos Pellegrini Stakes in Argentina last December. Val Champ, scheduled to arrive at Miller’s stable this week, is another Melbourne Cup prospect for B.C. 3 Thoroughbreds.

“If he acclimates quickly, we might take a shot for the San Juan Capistrano,” he said.

Miller said that Reneesgotzip, second to Eden’s Moon in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes last Saturday, will start in the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks on March 31. In the Las Virgenes, Reneesgotzip was beaten 3 1/4 lengths after bumping with Eden’s Moon in early stretch.

Miller lodged an objection, claiming interference and that Eden’s Moon’s jockey, Martin Garcia, struck Reneesgotzip with his whip, but the stewards did not change the order of finish.

“She had a cut on her ankle and a welt on her chest,” Miller said.