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Reneesgotzip and Unusual Hottie will be short prices in compact
fields for the two $150,000 stakes races on Sunday’s card. And their
respective trainers, Peter Miller and Jeff Mullins, aren’t about to
dispute the wisdom in that.
Reneesgotzip is the 4-5 morning line favorite against four rivals in
the Grade III 6 ½-furlong Rancho Bernardo Handicap, scheduled as the
fourth race. Unusual Hottie is the 2-1 morning choice in a field of
seven for the Solana Beach Handicap, one mile on turf for
California-breds, which goes as the eighth.
“She runs close to her last race, she’ll be tough to beat,” Miller
said of Reneesgotzip. In her first start after a seven-month layoff, the
4-year-old daughter of City Zip dominated a July 18 allowance race
here, opening up a 7 ½-lengths lead in the stretch and cruising to a 5
¼-length victory, earning a career-best 105 Beyer speed figure.
Reneesgotzip has won six of 11 career starts for the Lanni Family Trust with earnings of $565,460.
“She’s trained very well here. I don’t think there’s anyone to run
with her early, so we’re just going to let her do her thing,” Miller
Unusual Hottie was second, beaten a neck by Closing Range in the
Osunitas Stakes on July 20. The daughter of premium California sire
Unusual Heat has three wins and a second in four starts since April
after coming to the Mullins barn. Two of the wins were in the Fran’s
Valentine and Redondo Beach stakes at Hollywood Park.
“I guess she just likes it in our barn, she’s done well for us,”
Mullins said. “I guess she had a tendency to get hot and not carry good
flesh, but she hasn’t done that with us. A little change helps.
“She’s doing well.”