Executiveprivilege Tops Debutante Field
Executiveprivilege, unbeaten and untested in three starts, including victories in the Landaluce and Sorrento Stakes, figures to be a solid favorite Saturday when she heads a field of nine two-year-old fillies in the 62nd running of the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante.
The daughter of First Samurai, a $650,000 purchase at the OBS Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training last April, debuted June 28 at Betfair Hollywood Park after a series of impressive workouts and didn’t disappoint in winning by 4 ½ lengths.
She then easily won the Landaluce Stakes, scoring by 3 ¼ lengths, and took the Grade III Sorrento Stakes, major prep for the Debutante, August 8. The Bob Baffert-trained filly has been odds-on in all three of her races and promises to be a similar price Saturday.
Rafael Bejarano, her regular rider who is closing in on the Del Mar riding title this summer, again has the call.
Leading the opposition to Executiveprivilege are three talented fillies trained by Peter Miller -- Speedinthruthecity, runner-up in both the Landaluce and Sorrento who will have Joe Talamo in the saddle; Heir Kitty, Corey Nakatani up, second to colts beaten only a half-length in the Grade II Best Pal, and Miss Empire, victress in the Cinderella Stakes, third in the Landaluce and, most recently, third in the Best Pal, with Kevin Krigger to ride Saturday.
Others in the line-up are Pat’s Back, Patrick Valenzuela; Wasted at Midnight, Ricardo Jaime; Mechaya, Martin Garcia; Renee’s Titan, Edwin Maldonado, and Beholder, Garrett Gomez.
The supporting feature on an 11-race program is the $85,000 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes, a one-mile race on the main track which drew a field of seven older horses, including John Scott and Kettle Corn, second and third, respectively, behind Rail Trip in the San Diego Handicap this summer. Completing the field are Tres Borrachos, Holladay Road, Spud Spivens and Positive Response.
Post time for the first race Saturday is 2 p.m.