Santa Anita Opening Day: Baffert Confident in Executiveprivilege
Bob Baffert is optimistic that Executiveprivilege will strut the sensational stuff she showed as a 2-year-old when the daughter of First Samurai runs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on opening day at Santa Anita Thursday.
Executiveprivilege is winless in two starts at three, but has not raced since running fourth in the LA Woman at Santa Anita on Oct. 5. She was beaten nearly six lengths in a field of six.
“She's been training well,” Baffert said of the Kentucky-bred bay owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman. “She'll run well here, but we had trouble getting her back into form. She had such great 2-year-old form, but then she had little things like quarter cracks and minor things bugging her.”
Among Executiveprivilege's recent workouts is a bullet 59 flat at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 1.
She won the Grade I Del Mar Debutante and the Grade I Chandelier Stakes and was undefeated going into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, but as the 3-2 favorite, was beaten by Beholder, costing the Baffert trainee an Eclipse Award.
The field for the La Brea: Sweet Lulu, Rafael Bejarano, 8-5; Heir Kitty, Gary Stevens, 9-2; Miss Lucky Sevens, Javier Castellano, 10-1; Executiveprivilege, Mike Smith, 4-1; Journey On, Martin Pedroza, 12-1; My Happy Face, Joel Rosario, 7-2; and Madame Cactus, Joe Talamo, 9-2.