Sunday, September 30, 2012
Executiveprivilege ran her record to 5-for-5 with another stellar performance, this time to the tune of a 6 1/4-length score in the $250,000 Chandelier S. (G1) Saturday at Santa Anita Park. The Bob Baffert trainee ran like her 1-5 odds suggested as she set herself up perfectly for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
With prior victories in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) and Sorrento S. (G3), Executiveprivilege got all the attention despite having never gone two turns. But, as she's done in each of her starts, she handle the challenge like a pro. With regular rider Rafael Bejarano taking the 2-year-old daughter of First Samurai to the front, she got a challenge from Miss Empire for the first half-mile, but shook her off into the final turn and pulled away from that point. With Bejarano keeping his filly under a hold, she completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.95.
“She’s just a really good filly. We just got to keep her healthy. That’s the whole deal,” said Baffert. "She’s fast. She ran like she was (had been) working. She’s very special. You need a lot of horse and a little luck (to win the Breeders’ Cup). You need all that, but she’s special. You could tell the way she sprinted for home she was in control so it worked out right.”
Executiveprivilege with ease in the G1 Chandelier S.
“She impressed me today,” added Bejarano. “When I saw a lot of scratches in the race, especially the speed, I had no choice but to send her. She brought me to the lead easy and I was concerned a little bit, but after the first turn I knew I had so much horse. She was so relaxed. I think after this race she’ll be ready for the Breeders’ Cup. She’s going to be tough.”
Executive Privilege is owned by the trio of Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. For Baffert, this was the eighth win in this race, formerly run as the Oak Leaf S. Baffert’s previous winners were Vivid Angel, 1997; Excellent Meeting, 1998; Chilukki, 1999; Notable Career, 2000; Composure, 2002; Diamond Omi, 2005; and Cry and Catch Me, 2007.