07/14/2012 8:28PM

Hollywood Park: Switch completes graded stakes hat trick for Sadler in A Gleam Handicap

Benoit & Associates
Switch earns a berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint with her victory in Saturday's Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Trainer John Sadler completed a sensational day at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday when Switch returned to her best form and rallied to win the Grade 2, $200,000 A Gleam Handicap, which gave Sadler his third graded stakes win on the day.

After running 1-2 in the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship with Scherer Magic and Carson’s Crown early in the day, Sadler struck with back-to-back favorites, Lady of Shamrock in the Grade 1 American Oaks and then Switch.

The victory by Switch was significant in that it showed she is still among the elite female sprinters in the country, and it also earned her a fees-paid berth into the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint through the Breeders’ Cup’s Win and You’re In program.

Switch was second in the BC Filly and Mare Sprint each of the last two years at Churchill Downs. One of the reasons owners Lee and Susan Searing kept her in training this year, at age 5, is because this year’s race will be run in her home base of Southern California, at Santa Anita, on Nov. 2.

“Now, we get a Breeders’ Cup at home,” Sadler said. “I love the Win and You’re In. You save a lot of money on entry fees.”

Switch ($6.60) benefited from a contested early pace that enabled her to rally from last in the seven-horse field. She pulled away late to win by 1 3/4 lengths over 9-1 shot Sugarinthemorning, who was 2 1/4 lengths clear of third-place Glamorista.

With Garrett Gomez aboard, Switch completed seven furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:24.37. The track, though rated fast, was quite dull all afternoon as it has been in recent weeks.

“It kind of set up for her today,” Gomez said.

Switch ended an eight-race losing streak dating to March  2011. This was her third start of the year. She was fifth in the Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on May 5, then fourth in the Desert Stormer here June 17.

“She wasn’t real sharp in her first race, and I thought she needed her last race, so it moved her forward for this one,” Sadler said.

Sadler said Switch would make her next start at Del Mar.