01/30/2011 9:19PM

Santa Anita: A memorable double


The seventh and eighth races at Santa Anita on Sunday produced memorable results.

In the seventh race, the $250,000 Santa Monica Stakes over seven furlongs, Switch ($2.60) won easily, drawing off in the final furlong to win her second consecutive Grade 1 race by 3 1-2 lengths. She won the La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies in late December.

Trainer John Sadler thinks Switch has the ability to vie for the older female championship this year, and her form in recent starts supports that theory. Last October, she was a very game second to eventual Horse of the Year Zenyatta in the Grade 1 Lady's Secret Stakes at Hollywood Park, leading by 1 1-2 lengths at the eighth pole before losing by a half-length. Zenyatta finished second to Blame in the Breeders' Cup Classic in her next start on Nov. 6, a day after Switch finished second to Dubai Majesty in the BC Filly and Mare Sprint.

Sadler plans to start Switch in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Stakes over 1 1-8 miles against older fillies and mares on March 13, a race that will test her stamina.

In the eighth race, Reba Is Tops, a former $17,500 claimer at Emerald Downs, won her final career start in the Wishing Well Stakes on the hillside turf course. Reba Is Tops was last with a quarter-mile remaining but rallied wide under jockey Joe Talamo to win by 2 1-4 lengths.

 Reba Is Tops will be bred to Broken Vow in Kentucky later this spring, according to trainer Mark Glatt.

After the race, Glatt posed next to the 7-year-old mare and then followed her through the tunnel toward the paddock. Glatt was blinking hard when he left the winner's circle. Reba Is Tops had become a barn favorite by winning three stakes, and four of her last five starts overall.