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Allowance is tough spot for returning fillies

Executiveprivilege 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire - Alex Evers
Race 7 on Del Mar’s Thursday card is probably one of the more anticipated races of the month, and it’s not even a stakes race. All things considered, however, it certainly could be graded stakes race considering the quality of fillies that have showed up to tango. Among the seven entrants set to duke it out tomorrow are three fillies making their very first start this year.
 
 
Multiple Grade 1 winning Executiveprivilege headlines the field. Last year’s early favorite to be named Champion Juvenile Filly has been sidelined off and on this year due to quarter cracks. Trainer Bob Baffert tried to work her lightly during the first part of the year in order to have her ready to contest the G1 Kentucky Oaks, but time ran out when the filly’s hooves refused to cooperate. Executiveprivilege has not started since December 8 but has been steadily training since early May.
 
 
She faces the tall task of being the only 3-year old in the field plus breaking from the rail, something she has never before had to do. In fact, with the exception of drawing post 2 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, she has never started closer to the inside that post 6. She does, however, have a pair of graded stakes victory over Del Mar’s main track, so the notoriously quirky surface should prove to be no problem for the First Samurai filly. She will race with blinkers off.
 
 
Reneesgotzip, a Grade 2 winner, breaks from post 4. Like Executiveprivilege, she has not been seen in the starting gate since December when she fell short by a neck to Book Review in the La Brea. Following that race she had surgery to remove a chip from a knee. She has recently been entered to race twice but scratched both times. She was scratched from the Princess Rooney on Calder’s Summit of Speed card because travel arrangements could not be made, and she was then scratched from this past weekend’s A Gleam Handicap because trainer Peter Miller thought asking her to run 7 panels in her return was a bit too much.
 
 
Last year Reneesgotzip won the C.E.R.F. Stakes in near track record time. Her 1.08:23 for 6 furlongs was just six hundredths of a second off Euroears’ track record. She has been training strongly for her return, including a pair of bullet works , one at 5 furlongs and the other at 6, at Hollywood Park. The City Zip filly has won off a significant layoff in the past, so there’s every indication that she is primed to put in a solid performance.
 
 
Dual Grade 2 winner Gypsy Robin will break from post six with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in the irons. She comes into this race with an even longer layoff than the other two fillies already mentioned. The last time she entered the starting gate, she was the decisive winner of the Raven Run Stakes back in late October.
 
 
Del Mar’s seventh race will be Gypsy Robin’s first start for new trainer Mike Puype, but the long break should not be a concern for him. Like Reneesgotzip, Gypsy Robin runs well fresh having captured the Beaumont off a 7 month layoff. The bay daughter of Daaher also happens to have a strong affinity for synthetic tracks. She is a perfect 4 for 4 on synthetic tracks, but this will be her first career start at Del Mar. Invaluable information imparted by fellow blogger Laurie Ross leads me to believe that Gypsy Robin may not be a good bet in this spot (Read why here).
 
 
Longshots Magical Band, last seen finishing 3rd in the Time to Leave Stakes, stakes placed Curvy Cat and Shumoos, and former claimer There Is No Limit complete the field. The first three have never raced at Del Mar and have no works over the track’s surface, but Shumoos is by known Polysire Distorted Humor and may take right to the track. There Is No Limit has two races at Del Mar, but she finished 9th and last in one race and 6th in the other. Of these four, I feel Shumoos is the most likely to pull an upset over the top 3 fillies, otherwise Reneesgotzip is the one to beat. 

 

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Older Comments about Allowance is tough spot for returning fillies...

What a romp by Reneesgotzip!
Gypsy Robin and Reneesgotzip.
Reneesgotzip all the way for me, I've been waiting to see her run again....seems like a very classy filly to me.
Could someone PLEASE up-date the undefeted list ? Stopshoppingdebbie won her 4th in a row.
Gypsy Robin is a nice filly, too, but I'm not sold on her at Del Mar. Hope she proves me wrong.
Executiveprivilege was so good at Del Mar last year, but Reneesgotzip's speed is no joke ... what a nice race!

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