03/25/2011 4:05PM

Evening Jewel, Blind Luck, and Switch eye Apple Blossom

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Evening Jewel is working toward a start in the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn on April 15.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Three California-based fillies and mares who have won Grade 1 races, including one champion, are bound for the $500,000 Apple Blossom Invitational at Oaklawn Park on April 15.

Blind Luck, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2010, is part of a traveling group expected to include Evening Jewel and Switch. Blind Luck won the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks last year.

On Thursday, Evening Jewel worked six furlongs in 1:12.80 at Santa Anita.

“I worked her in company to get her race ready,” trainer Jim Cassidy said. “I think I might do it against next work and then give her an easy work before she ships.”

The winner of the Sunshine Millions Distaff in January and two Grade 1 races last year, Evening Jewel was second in the Valentine Dancer Handicap for statebreds on Feb. 26.

Switch, beaten a nose by Miss Match in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Invitational on March 12, is scheduled to work this weekend. Switch won two Grade 1 sprints earlier at this meeting – the La Brea Stakes in December and the Santa Monica Stakes in January.

Blind Luck is back at trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s stable at Santa Anita after finishing second to top Apple Blossom contender Havre de Grace in the Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 19. Blind Luck was scheduled to resume training this weekend.