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Executiveprivilege Tops Landaluce

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Bob Baffert, whose last victory in the Landaluce came with Notable Career in 2000, will be represented Saturday by Executiveprivilege.

Purchased for $650,000 earlier this year at a Florida sale by owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Executiveprivilege overcame a terrible start to win her debut by 4 ½ lengths June 28.

A daughter of First Samurai and the Unaccounted For mare Refugee, Executiveprivilege earned $30,000. A win would be the third for Baffert in the race. His other winner was Hookedonthefeelin – who was owned by Pegram – in 1998.

Cinderella Stakes upsetter Miss Empire will try for her second win in three starts for Barber, his brother Cecil and Kevin Tsujihara and Miller.

A troubled fourth in her initiation May 5, the Empire Maker filly out of the Rajab mare Miss Excitement – the same mare that produced multiple stakes winning sprinter Bordonaro – Miss Empire dominated her eight opponents in the Cinderella, winning by 4 ¾ lengths at nearly 9-1. She has banked $63,120.

The same partnership and Miller – who won the 2006 Landaluce with Pinata – will also send out Speedinthruthecity, a first out turf winner June 21. The victory was worth $30,000 for the daughter of City Zip and the Thunder Gulch mare License to Speed.

Owned by breeder John Liviakis and trained by Melody Conlon, Renee’s Queen, an After Market filly out of the Maria’s Mon mare Mighty Renee, was second to Executiveprivilege after setting the pace. The runner-up performance in her debut was worth $10,000.

Dispatched at 4-5 May 17 at Pimlico, Ten Plush won by three-quarters of a length for the I’ll Have Another connections – jockey Mario Gutierrez, owner J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill.

A daughter of Rock Hard Ten out of the Red Bullet mare Mystery Bullet, Ten Plush banked $18,810. Martin Garcia has the mount Saturday.

O Happy Gray knocked off maidens in open company after finishing second against California breds in her debut for owner-breeders Heinz and Michelle Steinmann and trainer Mike Harrington.

The gray daughter of Cee’s Tizzy and the Swiss Yodeler mare I Can Yodele has earned $50,960.

Represented by the likely favorite in the Juvenile Championship, Bonde will send out beaten Cinderella choice Unusual Way in the Landaluce.

A daughter of Unusual Heat and the Great Above mare Way Up, Unusual Way finished seventh of nine at 9-5 last month after a 2 ¼ length maiden score in her May 5 debut. An earner of $40,560, Unusual Way is owned by Edward J. Brown, Jr. and Philip Lebherz.

Wildcat Angie will debut for Jerry Hollendorfer after being purchased privately by a partnership that includes the Hall of Fame trainer.

The Wildcat Heir filly out of the End Sweep mare Sweeping Showers began her career with a win in two starts at Churchill Downs while in the barn of John Hancock. She was nearly 15-1 when she defeated maidens by 2 ¼ lengths June 8. The Florida bred’s bankroll is $29,925.

Hollendorfer, who won the 2011 Landaluce with Killer Graces, is trying to become the first trainer to repeat in the race since the late Brian Mayberry won four times in a row (1990-93).

From inside out, the field for the 68th Landaluce: Unusual Way, Garrett Gomez rides, 119 pounds; Ten Plush, Martin Garcia, 119; Miss Empire, Kevin Krigger, 121; Renee’s Queen, David Flores, 115; O Happy Gray, Victor Espinoza, 119; Executiveprivilege, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Speedinthruthecity, Joe Talamo, 119 and Wildcat Angie, Corey Nakatani, 119.

 

 

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