Executiveprivilege stays perfect in G1 Chandelier S.
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Executiveprivilege ran her record to 5-for-5 with another stellar performance, this time to the tune of a 6 1/4-length score in the $250,000 Chandelier S. (G1) Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Consigned by Eddie Woods at the OBS April 2-year-old Sale, Executiveprivilege wound up being the sales topper with a final price of $650,000.

Woods also consigned and sold Chandelier third-place finisher Miss Empire at OBS, at the March select sale, where she went for $165,000. Miss Empire, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Bordonaro, won Hollywood Park's $100,000 Cinderella S. in June.

With prior victories in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) and Sorrento S. (G3), Executiveprivilege got all pre-race the attention despite having never gone two turns. But, as she's done in each of her starts, she handle the challenge like a pro. With regular rider Rafael Bejarano taking the 2-year-old daughter of First Samurai to the front, she got a challenge from Miss Empire for the first half-mile, but shook her off into the final turn and pulled away from that point. With Bejarano keeping his filly under a hold, she completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.95.

“She’s just a really good filly. We just got to keep her healthy. That’s the whole deal,” said winning trainer Bob Baffert. “She’s fast. She ran like she was (had been) working. She’s very special. You need a lot of horse and a little luck (to win the Breeders’ Cup). You need all that, but she’s special. You could tell the way she sprinted for home she was in control so it worked out right.”

Executive Privilege is owned by the trio of Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, who made the purchase at OBS under the pseudonym of Three Amigos. The filly was bred in Kentucky and is out of the Unaccounted For mare Refugee, who ran third in the Grade 2 Orchid S. at Gulfstream Park.