Executiveprivilege Can't Catch Reneesgotzip

Dual grade I winner Executiveprivilege made her long-awaited 3-year-old debut July 18 at Del Mar, but she was no match for speedster Reneesgotzip in a salty allowance test on the main track.

Reneesgotzip led every step of the way with Edwin Maldonado aboard, replacing the absent Garrett Gomez in the non-winners of three allowance test worth $88,310 (VIDEO). The race serves as a prep for the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 18.

Winning trainer Peter Miller said the Rancho Bernardo is likely next for Lanni Family Trust's 4-year-old daughter of City Zip  .

Reneesgotzip was timed in 1:09.59 over the Polytrack to defeat Executiveprivilege by 5 3/4 lengths.

Curvy Cat was third, with 8-5 favorite Gypsy Robin fourth after trying to keep pace with the runaway winner.

Reneesgotzip, the 2-1 second choice and 124-pound top weight, ran quarter mile splits of :21.75 and :44.48, putting Gypsy Robin away on the turn and opening a 7 1/2-length advantage in the stretch.

"When she's at her best, that's what she does," Miller said of the winner. "They chase her until they get tired from chasing her."

Miller said he scratched Reneesgotzip from the A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) July 13 at Betfair Hollywood Park because he was concerned about the seven-furlong distance.

Reneesgotzip improved to 5-for-5 over synthetic surfaces in her first start since finishing second by a nose to Book Review in the La Brea Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park. Book Review won the A Gleam, a Breeders' Cup Challenge race, to lock up a berth in the Cup's Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

Executiveprivilege, from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, was making her first race since finishing fourth in the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) Dec. 8. She won both the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) and Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) as a 2-year-old and ran a game second to Beholder in the divisional championship-deciding Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). Her return had been delayed by some foot problems, said Baffert.

Sent off as the 5-2 third choice, Executiveprivilege had no early speed as the winner spurted clear early. The lone 3-year-old in the field, she put in a nice run through the stretch under Rafael Bejarano to gain the second spot by 1 1/4 lengths over Curvy Cat and Julien Leparoux.

The race was also a comeback test for Gypsy Robin, who won the Lexus Raven Run Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland in her most recent start Oct. 20. Owned in part by popular former San Diego sports talk show host Jim Rome's Jungle Racing, she finished 9 1/4 lengths behind Reneesgotzip. There Is No Limit and Shumoos trailed.

John Liviakis bred Reneesgotzip in Kentucky. Out of the Distorted Humor   mare No Dress Code, the chestnut filly was a $45,000 purchase as a 2-year-old at the Ocala Breeders' Sale Company in 2011.

Reneesgotzip has won six of 11 starts, including the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) in her second start in January 2012, and also had three grade I placings last year. She has banked $565,460.

The winner paid $6, $3.40, and $2.80, topping a $21 exacta with Executiveprivilege, who carried 114 pounds and returned $3.60 and $2.10. Curvy Cat, from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn, paid $3.20 to show.
 

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