05/17/2013 3:05PM

Hollywood Park: Sweet Swap sprints one more time

Shig Kikkawa
Trainer John Sadler plans to stretch Sweet Spot to a mile this summer.

INGLEWOOD, Calif, - Sweet Swap may be too quick to catch in a $62,000 allowance race over six furlongs on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday, but he will have a formidable group of stakes winners in pursuit.

A 4-year-old colt trained by John Sadler for Kosta Hronis, Sweet Swap led throughout his last start, an optional claimer on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on April 14. That turf sprint was his third win in eight career starts.

Sweet Swap will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano in Sunday’s seventh race, which drew a field of six.

“It’s a good spot,” Sadler said. “He’s doing well, and I expect to win.”

Sadler said Friday that Sweet Swap is not likely to run in sprints for much longer. The summertime goal is races at a mile.

“We’re looking forward to stretching him out,” he said. “This is one more race before we go longer.”

To win on Sunday, Sweet Swap must beat five rivals, who are all stakes winners – Al Instante, Boat Trip, Chiloquin, Compari, and Second City.

Al Instante, 6, was a stakes winner in Chile in 2010, but is winless at that level in this country.

Boat Trip, 4, won the Tsunami Slew Stakes here last June and has not started since finishing fifth in a division of the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar last July.

Compari, 7, is a multiple stakes winner. He won the Sensational Star Stakes for California-bred sprinters at Santa Anita in January 2012, but has not started since finishing fourth in the Grade 2 American Handicap here in May 2012.

Chiloquin, 5, won the Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar in 2011. He was last of nine after a troubled start in the Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita on April 6.

Second City won the Group 3 British Columbia Derby in September 2012, but is winless in his last four starts.