08/06/2012 3:11PM

Del Mar: Sorrento favorite Executiveprivilege key to $257K pick six carryover

Shigeki Kikkawa
Executiveprivilege is the 4-5 favorite in the Sorrento Stakes.

DEL MAR, Calif. – The top 2-year-old in California holds the key to the pick six on Wednesday at Del Mar, where Executiveprivilege is odds-on to win the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes while bettors chase a $257,477 carryover.

Pick six? Executiveprivilege makes it a virtual pick five. The filly’s two starts, both for trainer Bob Baffert and with Rafael Bejarano aboard, include a smashing debut win by more than four lengths, and a crusher in the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes, which she won by more than three. She is fast, but not speed crazy.

“She’s not one-dimensional, which makes it nice,” Baffert said. “She’s very manageable, and he rides her with a lot of confidence.”

Bejarano rode Executiveprivilege to come-from-behind wins in both races, which came at Betfair Hollywood Park. She overcame a slow start first out, and raced inside and behind horses winning the Landaluce by more than three.

“Executiveprivilege might be the best 2-year-old – boys or girls – that we’ve seen,” said trainer Peter Miller, who starts Speedinthruthecity and Bare Stripper in the Sorrento. “I don’t know if either of mine is good enough to beat Baffert’s filly, but we’re going to try.”

Executiveprivilege is the 4-5 favorite in the 6 1/2-furlong Sorrento, her first start on the Del Mar Polytrack. “You never know how they’re going to react to this surface, but so far she looks good,” Baffert said.

Executiveprivilege has two five-furlong works on Polytrack, including a 58.80 five-furlong work in company with debut-winning colt Rolling Fog, followed by five furlongs in 1:01.80.

While sharp works suggest she handles the footing, there is more to Executiveprivilege than workout times and an 84 last-start Beyer. When she shipped to Del Mar days after the Landaluce, she was prancing around while light on her feet, acting like she was ready for more.

“That race took nothing out of her,” Baffert said, confident the daughter of First Samurai will stretch out. Her long-range goal is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Purchased for $650,000 at a 2-year-olds in-training sale, Executiveprivilege is owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman.

The Sorrento, race 7, is one of a pair of races for 2-year-old fillies Wednesday that have Breeders’ Cup implications. The pick six ends in race 8, a one-mile maiden turf race that could lead some of the starters to the inaugural Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf, a $100,000 turf route Sept. 5, followed by the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in fall at Santa Anita.

“With the Breeders’ Cup 2-year-old races on turf, racing needed these preps,” trainer Richard Mandella said.

Mandella trains Dance Team, the 5-2 favorite to win the maiden race in her second start after a runner-up sprint debut.

“She ran nice, and I think she would probably appreciate long even more,” Mandella said. “We’re excited about our chances.” Dance Team, by Dynaformer, finished second to Heir Kitty, who returned to finish second in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes against males.

Another contender in the race-8 finale is Renee’s Queen, stretching out and switching to turf in her first start following a private sale and transfer to trainer Eric Guillot. Silverado Moon can improve second time out.

While the final races Wednesday are for 2-year-old fillies and include clear-cut favorites, the first four races in the pick six are deeper.

Bettors are expected to wager more than $1 million chasing the carryover.

Race 3 is a $50,000 claimer at 1 1/16 miles on turf; Smokey Lonesome is the 5-2 favorite after a $40,000 claiming win opening weekend. Contenders include droppers Atticus Jack and Megastar, as well as Quail Hill, a 12-1 longshot expected to set the pace.

Race 4 is a $20,000 maiden-claiming sprint in which Suances Vixen drops in class for her second start. Her trainer, Darrell Vienna, has won six races from his last 10 second-start maidens. War Excess is the 7-2 favorite second start following a layoff.

Race 5 is sprint for $16,000 claiming fillies and mares, nonwinners of two. The 5-2 favorite is dropper Queen Mercury, the second choice is Bila Shaka.

Race 6 is a 1 1/16-mile first-level allowance turf route for California-breds, with a $25,000 claiming option. The 3-1 favorite is Risky Reward, whose main rivals are stuck on the also-eligible list – Valley Cat and Unusual Jazz.