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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Miller Has Two For Oceanside

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These are busy, but exciting and happy times for trainer Peter Miller.

Miller, 45, and his wife Lani became first-time parents when they welcomed Jacob Ellis to the family six weeks ago. Also keeping him occupied this summer will be the 30 horses he has at Del Mar and another 30 at Hollywood Park.

The Carlsbad resident, with two career stakes victories at Del Mar, will have a chance to double that total when he sends out Guidopanzini and Majestic City in divisions of Wednesday’s Oceanside Stakes.

Miller’s stable has accounted for more than  $1 million in earnings each year since 2006, and is coming off a best of 55 wins and more than $2.2 million in earnings in 2011. A breakthrough moment was his first Grade I victory, with the filly Set Play in the 2007 Del Mar Debutante.

Guidopanzini, a son of Giacomo owned by the Lanni Family Trust, goes in the sixth-race, first division of the $100,000 mile turf event. The chestnut gelding, 20-1 on the Oceanside opening line, notched his initial victory in his fifth career start on May 20 at Hollywood Park and has two fifth-place finishes since.

“He broke his maiden well and has pretty decent tries in the two allowance races,” Miller said. “He’s training forwardly and we think he’ll run a big race.”

Majestic City,  owned by the Bloom Racing Stable LLC  partnership group headed by Jeff Bloom of Oceanside, earned $245,570 in a 2-year-old campaign highlighted by a victory in the Grade III Hollywood Juvenile Championship and runner-up finishes in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity (disqualified to third) and Grade I Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.

The City Zip colt was third in a turf sprint against older horses in June at Hollywood Park, but didn’t handle the dirt surface at Charles Town in a $400,000 stakes at the end of the month. Majestic City is 10-1 on the opening line.

“He looks good and he’s training well,” Bloom said. “We know he’s in against some good horses. It’s tough to say which division (of the Oceanside) might be the tougher one.”

The Bloom Racing Stable has six horses ready for the meeting and looks to run its first 2-year-old, A Red Tie Day, on Saturday.

 

 

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