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Breeders' Cup 2017

Boys Must Catch Reneesgotzip at Santa Anita

Here’s the best bet of the meet: Barring the unforeseen, Reneesgotzip will be in front as far as she goes in Saturday’s inaugural Grade I, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs.

The speedy daughter of City Zip has led in each of her six career races save one, when she was out-footed by the ultra-fleet filly Eden’s Moon in the Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita last March.

But when Reneesgotzip breaks from the outside number seven post position against six male rivals in the $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, formerly run as the Ancient Title Stakes, trainer Peter Miller makes no bones about strategy as she takes on the opposite sex for the first time.

“It’s a great draw but it shouldn’t matter,” said Miller, who turned 46 on Tuesday. “We’re going to be up on the front. She’s got one way to go and she looks like the speed of the race.

“She’s doing super; she’s doing great. She looks good, she’s feeling good, she’s fit and she should run her race.”

Reneesgotzip would become only the third female and the first 3-year-old filly to win the race in 27 previous runnings when it was the Ancient Title. Kalookan Queen won it in 2002 as a 6-year-old, and Track Gal won it in 1995 at age four.

If Reneesgotzip fares well Saturday, Miller, fresh from winning the Del Mar training title with 21 victories, didn’t rule out facing males again in the $1.5 million XpressBet Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 3. The $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at six furlongs will be run the same day.

“We’ll kind of play it by ear,” Miller said when asked if he would tackle males again or return to facing her own sex. “But if she runs her race against the boys on Saturday, we’ll definitely consider running her back against the boys in the Breeders’ Cup.”

The field for the Santa Anita Sprint Championship, which goes as race eight on a 10-race program: Castletown, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Amazombie, Mike Smith, 9-5; Coil, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Camp Victory, Joe Talamo, 9-2; Capital Account, David Flores, 3-1; Jimmy Creed, Garrett Gomez, 6-1; and Reneesgotzip, Corey Nakatani, 6-1.

 

 

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