Executiveprivilege aims to remain unbeaten in Sorrento
Both Lookin at Lucky and Silverbulletday were the champions of their respective divisions at two and again at three, so Baffert has placed Executiveprivilege in august company. She also happens to sport the same red and gold colors of Mike Pegram, who owned Silverbulletday and campaigned Lookin at Lucky with Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, the same partners involved in Executiveprivilege.
Eight rivals hope to dispel the aura of invincibility. Trainer Peter Miller is responsible for two of them -- Speedinthruthecity, the runner-up in the Landaluce who seeks to turn the tables, and Bares Tripper, a wire-to-wire winner of an $80,000 maiden claimer here in her debut. As that suggests, and Miller confirms, Bares Tripper will blast to the early lead with Garrett Gomez, and Speedinthruthecity will be reserved off the pace as usual by Joe Talamo.
The Reddam family is represented by a pair of contenders, but from vastly different backgrounds. Shipping in from England is the Brian Meehan-trained Wittgenstein, a thrice-raced maiden. The daughter of Shamardal turned in her best effort last out, finishing third in a maiden over Kempton's Polytrack to Roz, subsequent winner of the Star Stakes.
One thing in Wittgenstein's favor is that she has been racing seven furlongs. While the rest of the field is stepping up in trip to 6 1/2 furlongs, she's actually cutting back. Martin Garcia picks up the mount on the Reddam Racing colorbearer, who fittingly sports the name of a prominent 20th century philosopher. J. Paul Reddam is an erstwhile philosophy professor.
Reddam's wife, Zillah, also has an entrant in Renee's Titan. The Bernstein filly wired a 4 1/2-furlong dash by 4 1/2 lengths in her Hollywood bow on June 21, and was claimed out of Melody Conlon's barn for $50,000. The respective second- and third-place finishers both won at that level next time out, making it solid enough for the grade. Renee's Titan makes her first start for Doug O'Neill in this spot and gets Corey Nakatani in the saddle.
Likewise looking to step up first off the claim is Serious, a front-running winner at first asking on July 25. Saddled by Miller that day, she was haltered for $50,000 by Brian Koriner, and the Flower Alley filly now races for Burt and Jane Bacharach.
Switch to the Lead handed top Japanese rider Yuicihi Fukunaga his first win during his Del Mar sojourn on July 29, and will come right back on just 10 days' rest for Patrick Biancone. The Songandaprayer filly hails from the family of sprint warriors Gators N Bears and Friendly Lover.
Somethingabouther, a closing second in the grassy Tippett Stakes at Colonial Downs, tries a new surface for new connections in her Southern California premiere. The Jim Cassidy recruit will be ridden by Mike Smith.
Rounding out the field is O Happy Gray, a non-threatening fifth behind Executiveprivilege in the Landaluce.
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