07/12/2012 3:09PM

Hollywood: Executiveprivilege enters Landaluce with star appeal


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The $150,000 Landaluce Stakes on Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park would have been a swell betting race, with an evenly matched field.

That was before Executiveprivilege was entered in the six-furlong stakes. Her presence turns a seemingly competitive sprint with eight juvenile fillies into a virtual exhibition.

The smashing debut by Executiveprivilege was the most impressive performance of the meet by a 2-year-old filly, and it makes her an apparent standout in the Landaluce, race 4.

Bob Baffert trains Executiveprivilege, whose June 28 debut gives only her 16 days between starts. “You always want a little more time,” Baffert acknowledged. “It was either run her back or take her to Del Mar. I don’t know what Del Mar is going to be like.”

Uncertainty over the Polytrack surface at Del Mar, and a waiting period that would have lasted until the Sorrento Stakes on Aug. 8, were reasons for Baffert to wheel back the filly on short notice. She also has a sharp half-mile workout on Monday at Santa Anita.

“The race looked like it didn’t take too much out of her,” Baffert said.

He shipped her Wednesday from Santa Anita to Hollywood. “I got her out of the heat,” he said.

The high temperature Wednesday in Arcadia was 96; the high in Inglewood was 71.

Executiveprivilege earned a 79 Beyer winning her debut, a respectable number but one that tells only part of the story. She broke flat-footed and was away last, recovered and spurted to midpack, rallied four wide into the lane, hit the front inside the eighth pole, and won with something left under Rafael Bejarano.

Executiveprivilege is the 6-5 favorite in the Landaluce. Her chief rivals both are trained by Peter Miller. Speedinthruthecity won a turf sprint against males in her June 21 debut; Miss Empire won the Cinderella Stakes by nearly five lengths on June 16.

On paper, Speedinthruthecity is a better filly. “She beat the boys, and she ran fast,” Miller said, referring to her 80 Beyer. That race was on grass, but Miller said, “She trains great on the synthetic track; it shouldn’t be an issue.”

Joe Talamo rides Speedinthruthecity.

Miss Empire earned a 77 Beyer winning the 5 1/2-furlong Cinderella while drawing away late. “The distance should help her, being by Empire Maker,” Miller said.

Miss Empire is a half-sister to graded stakes sprinter Bordonaro, and will be ridden by Kevin Krigger.

Wildcat Angie makes her first start in California and for Jerry Hollendorfer. She was purchased privately after a maiden win at Churchill Downs and has three good works over the Hollywood track.

Unusual Way adds blinkers after she misfired as the favorite in the Cinderella. Trainer Jeff Bonde said one possible explanation is she got stirred up at the gate. He said she has trained well since then.

Renee’s Queen is likely to set the pace, and has a longshot chance to steal it. Ten Plush and O Happy Gray complete the field.