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
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.”