The following post appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report.
The unbeaten juvenile filly Executiveprivilege (by First Samurai) won her stakes début on Saturday at Hollywood Park, taking the Landaluce Stakes by three and a quarter lengths from the City Zip filly Speedinthruthecity.
Less than 90 days previously, Executiveprivilege had topped the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s April auction of 2-year-olds in training on a bid of $650,000 for owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman. The heavy favorite for the Landaluce at odds of 3-10, Executiveprivilege has won both her two races and has repaid her owners with earnings of $120,000 to date.
The bay filly’s purchase price was a hefty one, but she did present herself well at the under-tack show, getting a quarter-mile in :21. In addition to the speed of the work, Executiveprivilege looked good while racing that fast. She was clocked at just over 40 miles per hour in the work with a stride length of nearly 24.5 feet when the average stride for fillies at the sale was just a hair more than 23 feet, according to data produced by the biomechanics and stride-analysis company DataTrack International.
For that performance, Executiveprivilege earned a BreezeFig speed figure rating of 62, one of the higher marks at the sale, and her performance on the track and in the sales ring helped to make Eddie Woods the second-leading consignor at the 2012 OBS April sale.
She also made her resellers a lot of money. Just seven months before, yearling buyer Hubert Guy picked up Executiveprivilege for $23,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale from the consignment of Betz Thoroughbreds. The filly was bred in Kentucky by Bill Betz/D.J. Stable/Kidder/J. Betz/Robenalt and is out of the stakes-placed Unaccounted For mare Refugee.
The yearling sales price for Executiveprivilege represented more of a market statement about her sire, the top 2-year-old First Samurai, than an appraisal of the filly’s merits. From 23 yearlings sold in 2011, the average price was $35,748, with a median of $25,000, and Executiveprivilege was a bid under the median.
In contrast to First Samurai’s yearlings of 2011, his juveniles that year brought an average of $61,869, and his racing age stock of 2012 averaged $52,344 (median $46,000) without Executiveprivilege’s top-heavy figure in the pool.
From the stats, it would appear that the pinhooked yearlings by First Samurai are in respectably greater demand than the yearlings, indicating that they show athleticism and racing potential that is attractive to buyers.
And now, the son of Giant’s Causeway has had one of the best weekends of his stud career, as three of his offspring won stakes on July 14-15, and the stallion has sired nine stakes winners with three crops of racing age.
The sire of three graded stakes winners, First Samurai might rise higher in the estimation of the public if Executiveprivilege continues her winning streak. She is expected to race next in the G3 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar, with the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies as the long-term goal, according to trainer Bob Baffert’s post-race comments.
Success in the Sorrento would make Executiveprivilege the best racehorse in her immediate family for three generations, going back to her third dam, who is 1979 champion 3-year-old filly Davona Dale.
A first-rate athlete who won 11 of 18 starts, Davona Dale claimed two versions of the filly triple crown. She won the three races in New York (Acorn, Mother Goose, and CCA Oaks), as well as the sister races to the Triple Crown (Kentucky Oaks, Black-Eyed Susan, and CCA Oaks).
An exceptional racehorse, Davona Dale was the next-to-last champion bred and raced by the old Calumet Farm under the ownership of Admiral and Mrs. Markey. A big and rather lanky daughter of Calumet stallion Best Turn, Davona Dale won eight consecutive stakes from February through June in 1979, and there was a point in her career when only champion Spectacular Bid was considered her superior.
As a broodmare, however, the big mare with the lovely, expressive eye did not find the success that she had on the racetrack. She did produce a dozen foals, half were winners, and three were stakes-placed. The best of them was probably Le Voyageur (Seattle Slew), who ran third in the 1989 Belmont Stakes behind Easy Goer and Sunday Silence.
The majority of Davona Dale’s foals were bred under the post-Markey Calumet, which also sent several of them through the sales ring at Saratoga. Le Voyageur brought $1.5 million, and Rita (Alydar) sold for $675,000. Rita’s full brother Trade Mark and half-sister Polish Maid (Danzig) were passed through the ring as RNAs for $850,000 and $625,000, respectively.
Polish Maid was bred by Calumet-Gussin No. 1 and is the second dam of Executiveprivilege. The Danzig mare was a winner from three starts and produced one stakes horse, the G2-placed Refugee (Unaccounted For), who is the dam of Executiveprivilege.
Refugee is responsible for the glory associated with this branch of Davona Dale’s family. Prior to Executiveprivilege, Refugee had also produced the stakes-placed Profit (Not for Love), and the Landaluce Stakes winner is Refugee’s second black-type performer from seven foals of racing age, with six winners.