Comma To the Top and Reneesgotzip, two top sprinters from the Peter
Miller barn, worked Sunday in preparation for upcoming stakes events.
Winner of the Grade III Los Angeles
Handicap May 27 at Betfair Hollywood Park in his last start, Comma to
the Top was clocked in 1:01 2/5 for 5 furlongs. The 5-year-old son of
Bwana Charlie has racked up 14 victories from 31 starts, with $1.2
million in earnings.
Miller is considering both the Grade I, $250,000 Triple Bend
Handicap at seven furlongs over Cushion Track June 29 at Betfair
Hollywood Park or the Grade II, $350,000 Smile Stakes at six furlongs
July 6 at Calder. The Triple Bend and Smile are “Win and You’re In”
races for the Breeders Cup. The winner of the Triple Bend gets an
expenses paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile, while the Smile winner is
awarded free entry in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
According to Miller, Reneesgotzip is “three to four weeks away”
from her first 2013 start. If everything goes well, Reneesgotzip will
run at Calder July 6, the same day as the Smile Stakes. She worked five
furlongs Sunday in 1:01 4/5. Reneesgotzip was a close third to
Mizdirection in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and two starts
later missed by a neck in the Grade I La Brea Stakes. The 4-year-old
City Zip filly has won five of 10 starts and is 3-for-3 on Cushion
Miller also advised that On the Backstreets, who finished fourth as
the even-money favorite in Saturday’s Cinderella Stakes, suffered a
displaced soft palate (commonly known as a fleshy obstruction in the
throat), that required a minor procedure. She’s only expected to miss a
couple of days of training.