Baoma Corp's Private Mission and jockey Flavien Prat win the Grade 3, $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes on Aug. 21, 2021 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Benoit Photo.

Private Mission Aims to Strike in Zenyatta Stakes

Edited Press Release

Bob Baffert’s budding star Private Mission, originally scheduled to run in the Cotillion Stakes (G1) at Parx on Sept. 25, will take on older competition for the first time on Oct. 3 as she bids for her third consecutive win in the Grade 2, $200,000 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita Park. 

Named in honor of racing’s 2010 Eclipse Horse of the Year, the Zenyatta, which has attracted a field of eight fillies and mares three and up, will be contested at 1 1/16-miles.  A Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, the Zenyatta winner will earn a fees-paid berth into the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff Nov. 6 at Del Mar.

In what was her second start of the year and first time around two turns, Private Mission, a 3-year-old filly by Into Mischief, was a resounding 6 ½ length winner going a flat mile in the Grade 3 Torrey Pines Stakes Aug. 21 at Del Mar, a race in which she galloped out a football field in front of her competition mid-way around the clubhouse turn.  Private Mission, who is owned by Baoma Corporation, retains the services of Flavien Prat, will no doubt be forwardly placed as she seeks her fourth win from five career starts.

Although beaten a combined 27 lengths in a pair of Grade 1 stakes, the Clement Hirsch at Del Mar on Aug. 1 and the Personal Ensign at Saratoga Aug. 28, Baffert’s As Time Goes By will hope to regain the form she held when winning both the Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes on May 22 and the Grade 2 Santa Margarita by 9 ¼ lengths on April 24.  Second to champion Swiss Skydiver five starts back in the Beholder Mile (G1) on March 13, As Time Goes By has three wins from five tries over the Santa Anita main track.  Owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier, As Time Goes By, a 4-year-old filly by American Pharoah, is 9-4-2-1 with earnings of $415,600.

Don Alberto Stable’s homebred Stellar Sound will stretch out off a third-place finish in the Rancho Bernardo while Peter Miller’s streaking Samurai Charm, an impressive gate to wire allowance winner going one mile in her last two starts, tries stakes company for the first time and seeks her fifth consecutive win.

Phil D’Amato’s Miss Bigly, fresh off victory in the one-mile Tranquility Lake Stakes Aug. 27, seeks her first graded stakes win in what will be her 23rd career start.