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2012 Del Mar Debutante

Rafael Bejarano and Executiveprivilege after winning the 2012 Del Mar Debutante
Date: 09/01/2012

The $300,000 Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) on Saturday features the top 2-year-old fillies on the west coast sprinting 7 furlongs on the Polytrack at Del Mar. Executiveprivilege, undefeated in three starts including the Landaluce at Hollywood and then Sorrento (G3) at Del Mar, was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the field of 8. In to challenge her included 5-2 second choice Mechaya, off her August 10 debut win, and 8-1 third choice Beholder, winner of a maiden race at second asking.

Executiveprivilege (outside) chases down Beholder (rail) in the stretch

Beholder was sent to the lead exiting the chute by jockey Garrett Gomez and she set quick fractions of 22.44 and 45.34 while 1 1/2 lengths in front of 27-1 Pat's back and Mechaya stalking her second and third respectively. Entering the stretch, Beholder extended her lead, opening up by 2 1/2 lengths at the 1/8 pole through 3/4 in 1:10.00, but Executiveprivilege, fourth early, closed on the outside and despite drifting outward, nailed Beholder at the line for the nose victory in 1:23.43 over the fast all-weather surface. It was a long 4 1/4 lengths back to Mechaya third.

Pgm  Horse               Jockey        Win  Place  Show
 8   Executiveprivilege  Bejarano       3.60   2.60  2.10
 9   Beholder            Gomez                 5.60  3.60
 6   Mechaya             Garcia                      2.60

Winning Time:  1:23.43

$1 Exacta 8-9                 8.50
$2 Quinella 8-9              12.80
$1 Trifecta 8-9-6            23.60
$1 Superfecta 8-9-6-3       126.70
Results Chart

Left: Executiveprivilege in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Bob Baffert said, "I didn't give Rafael (Bejarano) any instructions. The way the track's been playing, you don't know whether to let them run early or take them back. Turning for home I saw (Beholder) had a really good lead and I thought (Executiveprivilege) had her work cut out for her. She really had to dig down. I wasn't sure (about the photo finish). She was so far (outside), she just lost focus on that other horse. I wasn't sure, but I really thought she didn't get up in time. I'm just grateful that we got the photo. My wife Jill is really pretty good at that (judging finishes) and she said, ‘We got beat.' I'm glad she was wrong for the first time in 1,000. She's a gutty little filly and the filly that ran second is as well. They really separated themselves."

Right: Executiveprivilege in the paddock. Jockey Rafael Bejarano said, "She ran hard, very hard. She's a good filly and she did her best today. I thought that filly on the lead (Beholder) was going to come back to us. I didn't think she'd hold on like that. I got busy on my filly. I think she got out because she was running so hard; it's not that she's green. She changed leads when we were going out and she just kept going. But she got there. I thought I'd won it. I knew it was close, but I thought I'd won it."

Left: Second place finisher Beholder returns after the race. Jockey Garrett Gomez said, "I did what I could with her. I knew we were setting fast fractions, but she was comfortable with it. We were on the fence and saving all we could. I sure would have liked it if that winner had run up alongside me instead of being so far out there. I think it would have given my filly a competitive jolt and that would have been enough. But she ran great. What can you do?"

Right: Third place finisher Mechaya in the post parade. Jockey Martin Garcia said, "She got really hot today. In the paddock, on parade. She was really sweating. John (trainer John Sadler) said she hadn't done that before. It had to affect her. But this race will help her. She's a nice filly."

John Scott wins the Harry F. Brubaker Stakes (G2)

The first stakes race on Del Mar Debutante day was the $85,000 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes for older horses going 1 mile around 2 turns of the Polytrack. Kettle Corn was the 9-5 favorite in the field of 6 off third place finishes in the Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) and San Diego Handicap (G2). In to challenge him included 2-1 second choice John Scott, second in the San Diego, and 3-1 Midnight Interlude, fourth in the Wickerr last out.

9-1 Tres Borrachos set the early pace of 24.28, 48.70, and 1:12.64 while pressed by Midnight Interlude early. The lead pair tired into the stretch as John Scott, who stalked them in third early, moved up to take the lead through 7 furlongs in 1:24.51, and was all-out to hold off late-running favorite Kettle Corn by a neck in 1:36.52. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to 5-1 Holladay Road third.

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