08/08/2012 8:32PM

Del Mar: Executiveprivilege stays unbeaten in Sorrento Stakes; pick six pays $14,472

Benoit & Associates
Executiveprivilege holds off Speedinthruthecity to win the Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Executiveprivilege retained her position as the top-ranked 2-year-old filly on the West Coast, ran her unbeaten streak to three, and rewarded players who made her the shortest-priced favorite in the pick six when capturing the Grade 3, $150,000 Sorrento Stakes on Wednesday at Del Mar.

Executiveprivilege settled into a stalking position on the outside under jockey Rafael Bejarano, surged to the front coming into the stretch, and then was kept busy to stave off Speedinthruthecity to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths.

Switch to the Lead finished another 2 1/2 lengths back in third and was followed, in order, by Renee’s Titan, Somethingabouther, Wittgenstein, O Happy Gray, and Bare Tripper, who faded to last in the eight-horse field after setting the pace for the first half-mile.

Executiveprivilege ($2.80) covered 6 1/2 furlongs on Polytrack in 1:16.98 and will now move on to the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1, according to her trainer, Bob Baffert.

“It was a nice race for her,” Baffert said. “We’ve been going easy with her down here.

“She got a lot out of it, so it will set her up for the Debutante.”

Executiveprivilege, a daughter of First Samurai, is owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman. She won her first two starts at Betfair Hollywood Park, including the Landaluce Stakes on July 14.

Executiveprivilege was the widely recognized bingo free space in a pick-six sequence that attracted $1,604,176 in fresh money chasing a carryover of $257,477 from Sunday. There were 77 winning tickets with the correct combination, each returning $14,472.80.