10/26/2011 12:37PM

Breeders' Cup: Distance suits Switch in Filly and Mare Sprint

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Tom Keyser
Switch should appreciate the move back to seven furlongs in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

Switch was among the earlier arrivals at Churchill Downs, having shipped here shortly after running third as an odds-on favorite in the six-furlong Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes on Oct. 8 at Keeneland. Trainer John Sadler has been here to personally oversee the filly’s progress as she tries to improve on her runner-up finish in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

“The six furlongs are probably a little short for her,” Sadler said. “Seven-eighths is probably her very best distance. Even though we got beat at Keeneland, I thought it was an excellent prep toward the Breeders’ Cup. Hopefully, it sets us up for a huge effort.”

Switch is one of 13 pre-entries in the $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint, a seven-furlong race that surely will have the flashy 3-year-old Turbulent Descent as a solid favorite. Switch and Pomeroys Pistol figure next on the odds line, with an assortment of fringe contenders and longshots rounding out the cast.

Switch is one of three Filly and Mare Sprint runners that have the BC Ladies’ Classic listed as a second alternate, with Champagne d’Oro and Great Hot being the others. All 13 runners have the Filly and Mare Sprint as their first preference.

Trainer Mike Puype said Turbulent Descent was scheduled to have a final easy breeze at Hollywood Park a day or two before departing Southern California by charter flight in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Pomeroys Pistol, a 3-year-old Florida-bred, is scheduled to arrive here by van Monday after having a final easy breeze at her Monmouth Park base for owner-trainer Amy Tarrant.