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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Executiveprivilege Still Unbeaten After Chandelier

Executiveprivilege improved to 5-0 with a 6 1/4-length victory in the Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, securing a spot in the BC Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 2.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Executiveprivilege led all the way in running 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.95 while trying two turns for the first time. She paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10 for Bob Baffert and his longtime clients, Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. It was Baffert's eighth win in the race, previously run as the Oak Leaf Stakes.

“She impressed me today," said winning rider 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.”

Winning trainer Bob Bafert and owner Mike Pegram were both pleased. “She’s just a really good filly," said Baffert. “We just got to keep her healthy. That’s the whole deal.”

Asked if he expected her to be in front, Baffert said: “If she breaks well, going long, I said don’t give her a lot to do. She’s fast. She ran like she was (had been) working. She’s very special. We’ve just got to keep her healthy. You need a lot of horse and a little luck (to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 2). 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.”

“We were in a great position like this with Looking At Lucky”, said Pegram. “That’s what makes you realize how tough the Breeders’ Cup is to win because you can have the best horse and may not get the job done. She’s done everything right and she’s just so classy. She’s our Looking At Lucky without (male equipment). When we get a call from Bob (Baffert) saying that “we’re buying”, we know not to ask that next question. The first time that came in was Looking At Lucky. You have to take your hat off to Bob. He’s got an eye for a horse that’s been proven over and over again.”

Scarlet Strike was second and Miss Empire third.

Joe Talamo, rider of Scarlet Strike, was pleased with the effort of his filly. “She ran an unbelievable race. I mean, for just breaking her maiden and coming into a Grade I like that, Jerry (Hollendorfer) did a great job getting her to this race. There’s no doubt that she ran second to the best two-year-old filly in the country. That was an unbelievable effort by the winner – I have to take my hat off to her. I was very impressed with my horse. She’s a real nice filly. I wish we would have had a little bit more pace, but that happens sometimes – she really ran a dynamite race.”
 

 

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Older Comments about Executiveprivilege Still Unbeaten After Chandelier...

I'm not sure of any horse that got a high Beyer at SA. The horses were either running slower, or the track, while favoring speed, was slower. I'm incline to believe the latter.
Executiveprivilege destroyed that field by over 6 lengths, and yet only had a BSF of 84. Hmmm?

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