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Breeders' Cup 2017

Miller Gives Reneesgotzip Vote of Confidence

Reneesgotzip 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

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 said.

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.”

 

 

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