06/06/2010 11:00PM

Hollywood Oaks 1-2 going separate ways


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Switch is bound for turf stakes this summer, and Blind Luck will run in major stakes in New York after those fillies ran one-two in Sunday's Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks at Hollywood Park.

Switch won her first stakes in the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks, holding off a furious rally from Blind Luck to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Blind Luck was the 1-2 favorite in the Hollywood Oaks, and was making her first start since a win in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on April 30.

Monday, trainer John Sadler said Switch will race at Del Mar this summer, which means a shift to turf racing. Del Mar does not have any graded stakes restricted to 3-year-old fillies on its Polytrack synthetic surface, but does have two graded turf stakes for the division -- the Grade 2, $150,000 San Clemente Handicap over a mile on July 25 and the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks over 1 1/8 miles on Aug. 21.

"I may just give her a break for Del Mar," Sadler said.

Blind Luck is being considered for two Grade 1 races at Saratoga this summer -- the $250,000 Coaching Club American Oaks over 1 1/8 miles on July 24, and the $500,000 Alabama Stakes over 1 1/4 miles on Aug. 21. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said on Monday he was unsure whether Blind Luck would start in New York once or twice this summer.

"I've got some planning to do," Hollendorfer said.

In the Hollywood Oaks, Blind Luck was last of five through a slow pace of 25.30 and 50.11 seconds set by the eventual third-place finisher, Camille C. Blind Luck trailed by 7 1/2 lengths with three-eighths remaining and passed three rivals. After the race, Hollendorfer said that Blind Luck "should have laid a little closer."

Sadler is not eager to send Switch to another circuit. Owned by Lee and Susan Searing's CRK Stable, Switch has won 2 of 6 starts and $189,600. In her only start outside of California, she finished fourth in the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 30, the only time in her career she has finished worse than third.

"She doesn't travel that well," Sadler said. "She's a bit of a light-bodied filly. When I shipped her, she didn't run that well."

Aitcho will need his best yet

John Shirreffs may have an overwhelming favorite in Sunday's Grade 1 Vanity Handicap with the undefeated champion Zenyatta, but his starter in Saturday's $150,000 Californian will be an outsider.

Aitcho will need the performance of his career to threaten Rail Trip in the Grade 2 race over 1 1/8 miles on the Hollywood Cushion Track. The Californian is a prep for the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 10.

Monday, Aitcho worked seven furlongs in 1:27. A winner of 4 of 12 starts, Aitcho's best result in a stakes was a sixth in the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita in April. He was last of 10 in the 2009 Californian.

"He's going to have to run to his potential," Shirreffs said.

Aside from Rail Trip and Aitcho, the other probable starters are Cigar Man, One Track Mind, Slew's Tiznow, and Tres Borrachos.

Acclamation aids Reyes milestones

Acclamation has become a milestone horse this spring for Christian Santiago Reyes, the champion apprentice jockey of 2009.

Reyes won his first graded stakes on Acclamation in the Grade 2 Jim Murray Handicap on May 15 and his first Grade 1 aboard the 4-year-old colt in Saturday's $250,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap.

"He's a nice horse," said Reyes, who speaks limited English. "He relaxes on the front."

Reyes has won three stakes in his career, with the first coming aboard Bench the Judge in the California Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last fall.

Through Sunday, Reyes, 20, was seventh in the jockey standings with 16 wins.

His only setback at the meeting is accumulating 13 days of suspension for riding infractions, which are on appeal. Wednesday, he can win his fourth stakes aboard Swiss Wild Cat in the $60,000 Cinderella Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

Acclamation, who races for Bud and Judy Johnston and trainer Don Warren, has won 4 of 19 starts and $497,048. This is by far the best season of his career. Last fall, he was third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby, which was a prologue to the form he has shown this spring at Hollywood Park.

Acclamation's next start could be the $150,000 Sunset Handicap over

1 1/2 miles on turf here on July 18, the closing day of the spring-summer meeting.

Thursdays to replace Wednesdays

Hollywood Park has changed its racing schedule in late June and July, eliminating live racing on Wednesdays in favor of live racing on Thursdays.

Originally, the track was scheduled to race on three Wednesdays -- June 30, July 7, and July 14 -- but will now conduct simulcasting on those dates. Instead, live racing will be held on Thursdays July 1, 8, and 15, days that were originally scheduled for simulcasting only.

In addition, the July 1 program will be run in the evening, with a first post of 7:05 p.m. Pacific. Racing will also be held in the evening on Friday, July 2.

* Sidney's Candy, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 on Monday, preparing for the Grade 2, $200,000 Swaps Stakes over 1 1/8 miles here on July 17.

Sidney's Candy finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby in his last start on May 1. In that race, Sidney's Candy was second for the first six furlongs, but faded on the final turn.