A game winner of the Grade I, seven furlong Test Stakes Aug. 24 at Saratoga, the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Sweet Lulu comes off a fifth place finish behind champion Groupie Doll in the Grade I Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 2 and could be favored in Thursday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, a race that attracted a field of seven.
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Sweet Lulu set early fractions of 22 flat and 44 flat before tiring to finish 5 ¼ lengths behind “Groupie.” Owned by Steve Beneto, Sweet Lulu was undefeated following her Test triumph, her fourth career start. Subsequently second in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing Sept. 21. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Mr. Greeley has been in training for Hollendorfer at Betfair Hollywood Park since her fifth place finish in the Breeders’ Cup, and she worked a half mile this morning in 47 flat.
Sweet Lulu has earnings of $309,317 from an overall mark of 6-4-1-0.
A winner of the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Debutante and Grade I Chandelier Stakes at age two, the Bob Baffert-trained Executiveprivilege makes her third start of the year in the La Brea.
Second to the highly regarded speedster Reneesgotzip in her seasonal bow July 18 at Del Mar, Executiveprivilge was fourth, beaten 5 ¾ lengths by multiple Grade I winner Teddy’s Promise in the $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 5.
Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Executiveprivilege drilled five furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:00.80 on Dec. 18. A Kentucky-bred filly by the Giant’s Causeway stallion First Samurai, she has earnings of $963,000 from an overall mark of 9-5-2-0.
Trainer Pete Eurton’s Madame Cactus comes off an upset win in the Grade II, seven furlong Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 19 and appears to be fresh and dangerous. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Marc C. Ferrell, the Cactus Ridge filly worked five furlongs out of the gate in a bullet 59.80 at Santa Anita on Dec. 13, and followed that with a half mile in 47.60 this morning.
Madame Cactus has earning of $325,800 from an overall mark of 6-3-2-0.
The complete field for the La Brea Stakes, to be run as race six, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Sweet Lulu, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Heir Kitty, Gary Stevens, 118; Miss Lucky Sevens, Javier Castellano, 118; Executiveprivilege, Mike Smith, 118; Journey On, Martin Pedroza, 118; My Happy Face, Joel Rosario, 118 and Madame Cactus, Joe Talamo, 118.