Trainer Bob Baffert describes Executiveprivilege as "pretty special" and it was easy to see why after her impressive 3 1/4-length tally in the $150,000 Landaluce Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park July 14 (VIDEO) .
Tucked in behind the leaders coming off the turn in the six-furlong Cushion Track test for 2-year-old fillies, Executiveprivilege split horses and ducked to the inside for room under Rafael Bejarano. She proved easily best in the final furlong as the 3-10 favorite in the field of eight.
The daughter of First Samurai was timed in 1:11.49, faster than Scherer Magic ran in winning the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) over males two races earlier.
Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman, Executiveprivilege improved to 2-for-2 for Baffert after breaking her maiden in her debut June 28 at Hollywood by 4 1/2 lengths. She overcame a slow start to win that 5 1/2-furlong special weight event.
Executiveprivilege was the $650,000 price topper at the Ocala Breeders Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in April.
Baffert noted that Executiveprivilege was coming back on just 16 days rest.
"It’s so tough to win the second time out and coming back so quickly," he said. "She was actually short her first time, so that race really helped.
"I just think she’s really gifted. From day one when we breezed her I remember calling Mike (Pegram) and saying I think we have a female version of Lookin At Lucky. It’s been a little dry spell for these owners."
Soon after the start, Executiveprivilege settled in behind Unusual Way, who sped an opening quarter mile in :21.99 with Wildcat Angie taking second on the outside. Those three led the field through a half-mile in :46.10 before Wildcat Angie took the lead leaving the bend.
Always moving well, Executiveprivilege was between horses but cut the corner to get a narrow advantage . She battled on the inside for control as the stalking Speedinthruthecity, ridden by Joe Talamo, and Miss Empire, with Kevin Krigger abaord, taking up the challenge in the lane.
Executiveprivilege separated leaving the furlong marker and won under good handling. Speedinthruthecity held second by 1 1/4 lengths over Cinderella Stakes winner Miss Empire.
"As soon as we broke from the gate, I put her right behind horses and got her into a good position," Bejarano said. "I knew all I had to do was wait because at the end I was going to have a lot horse. The race was over as soon as we hit the stretch and I let her run."
The Three Amigos purchased Executiveprivilege from Eddie Woods, agent, at the OBS spring sale. In 2011, Hubert Guy, agent, bought the bay filly for $23,000 from Betz Thoroughbreds, agent, at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
The partnership of Betz/D.J. Stable/Kidder/J. Betz/Robenalt bred Executiveprivilege in Kentucky. She is out of the winning Unaccounted For mare Refugee, who finished third in the 2002 Orchid Handicap (gr. IIT).
Baffert said Executiveprivilege will likely return in the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 8 at Del Mar if she's handling the Polytrack.
"The main thing is the Breeders’ Cup," he said in reference to the Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park. "She’s like Silverbulletday. Those kind are just gifted.”
The victory, worth $90,000, extended Executiveprivilege's earnings to $120,000. She carried 119 pounds and returned $2.60, $2.20, $2.10. Speedinthruthecity, who won her only previous start for trainer Peter Miller on the Hollywood turf course, paid $4 and $3 and completed a $10.40 exacta. Miss Empire, the 121-pound top weight, was $2.60 to show.
Renee's Queen took fourth, followed by O Happy Gray, Wildcat Angie, Ten Plush, and Unusual Way.