12/26/2010 7:02PM

Santa Anita: Switch blazes 7 furlongs


Switch won her first Grade 1 stakes and third stakes of the year in Sunday's Grade 1 La Brea Stakes, zipping seven furlongs in 1:20.33.

The track record for a conventional dirt surface is 1:20, held by Spectacular Bid in 1980. Santa Anita installed a sand-and-clay surface in November, ending a three-year troubled run with synthetic tracks. Earlier on the program, The Factor broke a 21-year-old record, running six furlongs in 1:06.98.

Switch ($4.40) was well-placed throughout under jockey Joel Rosario, stalking pacesetter Tornado Betty through early fractions of 22 and 44.31 seconds. Racing on the rail, Switch took the lead in early stretch and won by four lengths over Always a Princess. Shotgun Gulch, a 60-1 outsider, finished third.