07/16/2013 3:17PM

Del Mar: Executiveprivilege heads top-shelf sprinters in Rancho Bernardo prep

Barbara D. Livingston
Executiveprivilege will make her 3-year-old debut against older fillies in a six-furlong allowance race Thursday.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Opening day at Del Mar is a spectacle, with tens of thousands here for the party more than the racing. Day 2 is when the regulars regain control of proceedings.

It’s always a sleepy day compared with the over-the-top atmosphere of opening day, and the card is often a letdown, but the horseplayers who come out Thursday are in for an unexpected treat, with 2012 Del Mar Debutante winner Executiveprivilege making her first start of the year against two other high-quality returnees, Reneesgotzip and Gypsy Robin.

Those three fillies meet in the day’s featured seventh race, an $85,000 money allowance at six furlongs on Polytrack that will serve as a prep for the Grade 3, $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Aug. 18. Executiveprivilege is a multiple Grade 1 winner, and both Reneesgotzip and Gypsy Robin are Grade 2 winners who have placed in Grade 1 races.

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“It’s a tough race,” said Bob Baffert, who trains Executiveprivilege.

Executiveprivilege is the lone 3-year-old in the field of seven. She has not raced since Dec. 8, and drew the rail, something she has never faced in previous sprints.

Executiveprivilege won the first five starts of her career last year, including the Debutante and the Sorrento Stakes here, before finishing second to eventual champ Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. She then made a Hail Mary bid at a title in the Hollywood Starlet, but ran the worst race of her life, finishing fourth.

Baffert planned to bring Executiveprivilege back earlier this year, “but I was having some foot issues with her,” he said.
“She had a quarter crack earlier this year,” he said. “Now, she’s great.”

Reneesgotzip has been off since finishing second in the La Brea at Santa Anita on Dec.  26, after which she had surgery to remove a chip from a knee, according to her trainer, Peter Miller. Last year, Reneesgotzip won the CERF Stakes here, and she also finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita. Reneesgotzip has turned in a series of fast works for her return.

“I had her entered in the A Gleam last weekend at Hollywood, but I didn’t really want to bring her back going seven-eighths,” Miller said. “So we decided to wait for this race, but this is as tough an allowance as you’ll find.

“She’s training really well. I’m excited to see her run,” Miller said.

Gypsy Robin is a synthetic freak – she’s 4 for 4 on it – who won the Raven Run and the Beaumont last year on Keeneland’s Polytrack. She has been off since the Raven Run. During her break from racing, Gypsy Robin was sold to a partnership that includes sports talk personality Jim Rome and transferred to trainer Mike Puype. Gypsy Robin has a history of running well fresh, having captured her debut at Keeneland in April 2011, as well as her comeback effort in 2012 in the Beaumont.

The other four are longshots.

Shumoos comes off a sharp, second-place finish behind Include Me Out in the Desert Stormer at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 16.
Magical Band has sharp early speed and should be part of an expected lively pace.

Curvy Cat won the B. Thoughtful against California-breds at Hollywood Park on April  27 in her race before last.

There Is No Limit was freshened after a dull try in Pimlico’s The Very One Stakes on May  17.