Monday, January 31, 2011

Flipping the Switch

She showed promise late as a juvenile before running into some freak perfomers and soon to titans early as a 3yr. Then then Switch began to show us flashes of what was to come. The first came when she bested eventual 3yr old Champion Filly, Blind Luck. Next she gave the mighty Zenyatta all she could handle in the Grade one Lady's Secret. She again displayed talent when running second to Dubai Majesty in the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, though that race went slightly unoticed by the majority of racing fans.

That didn't matter, because Switch annouce herself empithatically in the La Brea Stakes. There she bested Champagne D' Oro, probably the best 3yr old filly sprinter in the east. She also ran a dazzling 1.20.33 for the seven furlong test, finishing well clear of the second place runner Malibu Pier. Now that she had the public's attention the daughter of Quiet American went into her second Grade one as the overwhelming favorite, being bet down to 1/5. She did not dissappoint. Stalking a rapid early pace of 22.42 and 45 flat for the first half, she then advance easily upon her frontrunning foes be for expolding away. She was eventually geared down, winning in 1.20.7.

Switch has rapidly developed in to what could be a monster distaffer. She has now proven to be dominant as a sprinter, winning two consecutive grade ones at seven furlongs. Now the John Saddler trainee is being pointed toward the Santa Margurita, before going on an Oaklawn assult in the Apple Blossom. Winning both of these will give Switch four consecutive Grade ones, catapulting her to the top of the older mare division. Yes, all of this could easily go down the tubes if Switch turns out to be dominant only as a sprinter. But with her recent success, it makes it easy to get excited.

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