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Executiveprivilege Makes Short Work of Landaluce Rivals

Executiveprivilege remained perfect in two career starts with a facile win in Saturday’s Landaluce Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Executiveprivilege stalked the early pace, grabbed the lead at will and pulled clear late under confident handling. She covered the six furlongs in 1:11.49.

“As soon as we broke from the gate, I put her right behind horses and got her into a good position,” said Bejarano. “I knew all I had to do was wait because at the end I was going to have a lot of horse. The race was over as soon as we hit the stretch and I let her run. I am really happy.’’

Purchased at OBS for $650,000 in April, Executiveprivilege is owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman. She is conditioned by Bob Baffert.

“I didn’t want her on the lead,” said Baffert. “I said if she breaks, fine, just don’t put her on the lead. Just sit there and let her learn something. I could tell (Bejarano) was sitting there with so much horse. Then I thought at the eighth pole when it opened up, now we’ll know what’s she made of.

“It’s so tough to win the second time out and coming back so quickly (16 days),” he added. “She was actually short her first time, so that race really helped. I just think she’s really gifted. From day one when we breezed her I remember calling (co-owner) Mike (Pegram) and saying I think we have a female version of Lookin At Lucky.  It’s been a little dry spell for these owners.  I wasn’t going to run her in this race and then I worked her Monday and she really breezed well. Hopefully, I won’t have to do too much with her (at Del Mar). She’ll come back in the ($150,000, Grade 3) Sorrento (Aug. 8) if she’s doing well. The main thing is the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies Nov. 2 at Santa Anita). She’s like Silverbulletday. Those kind are just gifted.”

Executiveprivilege/Benoit photo