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Reneesgotzip is as fast and they come, and tonight at Del Mar she flaunted her early speed to the tune of a romping victory over some of the most talented fillies in Southern California.
Seeing a graded stakes of allowance quality these days is, unfortunately, all too common. The opposite, though, is much more rare, and thusly should be considered a rare treat. Fans tonight at Del Mar should have found great satisfaction in seeing a trio of top graded stakes fillies entering the starting gate for a six-furlong affair dressed down as an $85,000 allowance. Each of three was making their seasonal debut, and bettors found the contest between Gypsy Robin, Reneesgotzip, and Executiveprivilege to be interesting enough that they had a difficult time in assigning a favorite. When the hooves hit the Polytrack, one of the three would put on a dazzling display.
Blitzing right to the front under rider Edwin Maldonado, the four-year-old daughter of City Zip carved out eye-popping early splits, with a quarter in :21.75 and a half :44.48, while extending her early advantage over Shumoos and Gypsy Robin. Executiveprivilege did not have enough speed to stay with the leading group through those types of fractions. By the time the field came spinning out of the turn, it was clear that this was a one woman race. Under mild encouragement by Maldonado, Reneesgotzip hit the wire in front by 5 1/4 lengths in 1:09.59 for the Lanni Family Trust and trainer Peter Miller.
The win marked her 6th in 11 career tries, and also raised her record to 2-for-2 at Del Mar. Last year she was good enough to miss carrying her speed to victory in the 1 1/16th mile Santa Anita Oaks, and versatile enough to finish a solid third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. This year, even if Groupie Doll comes back as good as last year, there should be no denying this fleet filly a big shot in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
There was no shame for Executiveprivilege, meanwhile. Away from the races for seven months, the two-time grade 1 winning three-year-old simply was not ready to challenge the fastest filly in the West at six furlongs. Her interest was good, though, and she finished strongly to be a clear second at the wire. This most likely should only be considered her introduction to racing as a three-year-old, and a fine one in that. Look for her to face stakes company at a longer distance next time, and frankly that figures to be an easier spot.
As for Gypsy Robin, the four-year-old daughter of Daaher will need to go back to the drawing board for her second start back, as she could not find any answers for the early speed of the winner. Previously a perfect 4-for-4 on synthetic surfaces while romping in all four tries at Keenleand and Presque Isle, Gypsy Robin was making her first start for her new connections, which include the Jungle Racing of television personality, Jim Rome. The four time stakes winner saw her record drop to 5-of-10 after trying to keep up with Reneesgotzip early and when it was clear that could not be done, she faded to a well beaten fourth as the race favorite.