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Reneesgotzip highlights Las Virgenes
On Santa Anita's Big 'Cap undercard on Saturday, the unbeaten Reneesgotzip tops a cast of eight three-year-old fillies for the Grade 1, $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes going a mile.
Reneesgotzip will be heavily favored to continue her unbeaten mark when negotiating two turns for the first time in the Las Virgenes. The Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip trained by Peter Miller began her career with a 2 1/4 length, wire-to-wire win going six furlongs, then romped by 7 3/4 lengths next out while making her sophomore bow in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs.
"We'll see what happens," said jockey Corey Nakatani, who reasoned that her style while sprinting suggested success routing. "She goes to the front and improves her position. There's nothing wrong with that."
In the Las Virgenes, Reneesgotzip will have to deal with three rivals who are stakes winners while routing, all at 1 1/16 miles. Killer Graces captured the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet in December before falling short to Willa B Awesome in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel last out. Sharp Cat Stakes victress Charm the Maker also made her three-year-old bow in the Santa Ysabel, finishing fourth following a second in the Starlet.
However, the biggest threat to Reneesgotzip could come from Eden's Moon, whom she defeated when breaking her maiden. The Malibu Moon filly returned on January 8 to capture her initial win by 11 1/2 lengths while running on Santa Anita's dirt. Jockey Martin Garcia will be aboard for trainer Bob Baffert.