In 12 lifetime starts, Reneesgotzip’s been in front at one call or another in nine of them.
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Chances are when she runs in Saturday’s $1 million Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs, she’ll be in front again.
It matters not that she’ll be running against males. She did that in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita and was just a neck off the lead turning for home before finishing third, beaten less than two lengths.
“She’s doing super,” said trainer Peter Miller. “She had her last work today and she’s on edge. She’s mean; she’s nasty. That’s when I know she’s doing well.”
With Edwin Maldonado aboard, Reneesgotzip worked four furlongs from the gate Sunday at Hollywood Park in company with stablemate Oh Daddy Oh. Reneesgotzip was clocked in 48.80, breezing, while the 2-year-old gelding Oh Daddy Oh was given 49.20.
“Super. Perfect. Just what we wanted,” is how Miller described the drill. “She was under wraps. I got her galloping out (five furlongs) in 1:01.”
As to strategy for the Turf Sprint, Miller didn’t mince words.
“We’re going to let her run her race, let her bounce out of there,” he said. “If someone wants to go with us, so be it.”
A Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip owned by the Lanni Family Trust, Reneesgotzip is coming off a front-running 4 ¼-length score in the Grade III Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 18. The chestnut filly has been out of the money only once, winning seven times with three seconds and a third. She has earned $655,460.
Miller, meanwhile is on a roll. He is in pursuit of his first Santa Anita training title, seeking to dethrone perennial king Bob Baffert while holding off alpha trainers John Sadler, Doug O’Neill and Jerry Hollendorfer.
Through Saturday, Miller had 11 wins from 52 starts. Baffert was second with 10 victories.
“It’d be nice, but we’re not going to do anything different to win,” said Miller, who celebrated his 47th birthday on Oct. 2. “We’re just going to do what we do. We’ve got a few more bullets to fire.”