CITY ZIP’s 3-year-old daughter Reneesgotzip stamped herself as one of the most exciting young horses on the West Coast when on Sunday, in just her second career start, she dominated the 6 1/2-furlong G2 Santa Ynez S. by 7 3/4 lengths. Her time for the race was a sparkling 1:15.25, which earned her a huge 101 Beyer Speed Figure. That’s the best figure awarded to a sophomore of either sex thus far in 2012. Bred in Kentucky by John Liviakis, Reneesgotzip is owned by the Lanni Family Trust and is trained by Peter Miller, who also conditions CITY ZIP’s standout son Majestic City.
Across the country, word was out on SMART STRIKE’s Spring Hill Farm, the George Bolton-owned 3-year-old colt who was debuting at Gulfstream. Hammered down to 3-5 favoritism for trainer Todd Pletcher, Spring Hill Farm–named in honor of the late Ned Evans’s operation–dictated sensible early fractions, then bounded away in the lane to confirm the hype by 6 1/4 lengths. Spring Hill Farm was bred by Evans in Virginia and was sold to Bolton out of the Lane’s End consignment last November. Bolton also co-owns SMART STRIKE’s newest champion, G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner My Miss Aurelia.
In New York, PLEASANTLY PERFECT’s Isn’t He Perfect completed the exacta in the Shots Are Ringing S. at Aqueduct, while TOO MUCH BLING’s Sam Sparkle, winner of the Hunch S. in his previous start at the Big A, finished third.
In Tampa Bay Downs’ $100,000 Gasparilla S. for 3-year-old fillies, MINESHAFT’s daughter Delightful Magic came up just a neck short while rallying for second. Another of MINESHAFT’s daughters, G2 Indiana Oaks heroine Juanita, kicked off her 4-year-old year with a strong second in the six-furlong Marie G. Krantz Memorial H. at Fair Grounds.