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Solidifying her status as the fastest filly in the West, Reneesgotzip
zipped to the lead shortly after the break under jockey Garrett Gomez
and cruised to the wire 4 ¼ lengths in front while setting a track
record of 1:14.48 for 6 ½ furlongs in Sunday’s Grade III $150,000
Worse than third only once in her 12-race career, Reneesgotzip
notched her seventh triumph in typically brilliant fashion as she easily
eclipsed the previous mark for the distance of 1:14.93 set by
Carlsbad in the 2009 Rancho Bernardo. Her time for six furlongs of
1:08.18 was only a hundredth-of-a-second slower than Euroears’ mark set
in the 2011 Bing Crosby Stakes.
Winding Way, winner of the Rancho Bernardo a year ago, ran gamely to
be second, almost four lengths ahead of Sweet Marini who attempted to
keep pace with the winner in the early stages of the contest. Fourth in
the field of five older fillies and mares was Sugarinthemorning with
Curvy Cat last.
Fresh from a scintillating performance in an allowance race July 18,
her first outing since late last year, Reneesgotzip went postward the
prohibitive 3-10 favorite and returned $2.60, $2.40 and $2.10. First
prize of $90,000 increased the City Zip filly’s career earnings to
$655,460 for owner Lanni Family Trust and trainer Peter Miller.
Winding Way, who was piloted by Rafael Bejarano, returned $5.40 and $2.80, while Sweet Marini paid $2.40 to show.
The day’s supporting feature was the $150,000 Solana Beach Handicap
for older California-bred fillies and mares and it was won for the third
consecutive year by Halo Dolly, a five-year-old daughter of Popular
trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.
Carrying highweight of 125 pounds in the one mile grass race, Halo
Dolly, under Rafael Bejarano, was able to overcome traffic on the final
turn to shake loose in the stretch and go on to score by a half-length
over Bella Viaggia. Unusual Hottie, the 9-5 favorite, was third, with
Heat Trap fourth in the field of five.
Halo Dolly raced the distance in 1:33.42 and returned $7 as second choice in the betting. It was her 16th win in 32 starts and first money increased her career earnings to $861,736.
She joins such elite Thoroughbreds winning the same Del Mar stakes
three years in a row as Native Diver (San Diego Handicap, 1963-65),
Flawlessly (Ramona Handicap, 1992-94), Track Gal (Rancho Bernardo
Handicap, 1995-97) and Zenyatta (Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, 2008-l0).
There were eight perfect tickets in Sunday’s Pick Six and each paid $103,885.60.
With a carryover of $189,822 from Saturday and $1,200,370 bet Sunday,
the Pick Six pool totaled
Sunday’s attendance was 17,564.