Saturday, Santa Anita Park
, $250,000, SAX, 9-29, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:44 4/5, ft.
1--EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE, 122, f, 2, by First Samurai 1st Dam: Refugee (GSP, $114,070), by Unaccounted For
2nd Dam: Polish Maid, by Danzig
3rd Dam: Davona Dale, by Best Turn
($23,000 yrl '11 KEESEP; $650,000 2yo '12 OBSAPR). O-Karl Watson, Michael E Pegram & Paul Weitman; B-Betz/DJ Stable/Kidder/J Betz/Robenalt (KY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Rafael Bejarano. $150,000. Lifetime Record: MGISW, 5-5-0-0, $540,000. *1/2 to Profit (Not For Love), MSP, $180,285. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 122, f, 2, Smart Strike
--Scarlet Tango, by French Deputy. ($70,000 RNA yrl '11 KEESEP; $220,000 2yo '12 OBSMAR ). O-John Carver, Jerry Hollendorfer & Green Smith; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Jerry Hollendorfer. $50,000.
, 122, f, 2, Empire Maker--Miss Excitement, by Rajab. ($85,000 yrl '11 KEESEP; $165,000 2yo '12 OBSMAR). O-Gary & Cecil Barber & Kevin Tsujihara; B-Dan & Frank Cassella (KY); T-Peter Miller. $30,000.
Margins: 6 1/4, 1 3/4, 6 1/4. Odds: 0.30, 8.90, 14.80.
Also Ran: Majestic Minister, Salamera, Switch to the Lead, Wittgenstein (Ire), Butterfly Soul. Scratched: Beholder, Contessa's Moment, Renee's Queen.Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
Contrarians who saw Executiveprivilege put to the test in the seven-furlong GI Del Mar Debutante and thought the unbeaten filly was vulnerable in this stretch out were sorely mistaken, and now the Bob Baffert-trained filly heads to the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies as the clear-cut favorite. Tabbed as a TDN Rising Star
winning a 5 1/2-furlong dash at Betfair Hollywood Park June 28, the $650,000 OBSAPR topper took the six-furlong Landaluce S. by daylight July 14, then added her first graded score in Del Mar's GIII Sorrento S. at 6 1/2 panels Aug. 1. Adding a half-panel for the third straight start in the Debutante, she was all out to get up and defeat Beholder (Henny Hughes) by a nose, and there were questions about whether she'd be as effective as the distances got even longer. Aided by easy early splits here in her conventional dirt debut, she cruised through splits of :23 4/5, :48 2/5 and 1:13 2/5. She began to get away from them on the far turn and, after building an insurmountable lead, was geared down late under Rafael Bejarano as Scarlet Strike gave game but futile chase. "She impressed me today," said the rider. "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." It was Baffert's eighth win in this race, formerly run as the Oak Leaf S., and he now sits just one off D. Wayne Lukas's record nine. Co-owner Mike Pegram, who heads the team that sent out Lookin At Lucky (Smart Strike) to victory on this card four years ago en route to that colt's runner-up finish in the GI BC Juvenile, was on hand to accept the hardware. "We were in a great position like this with Looking At Lucky; 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," he said. "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 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."
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