07/15/2012 6:03PM

Sadler aims to continue hot streak at Del Mar

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Holy Candy is one of four starters trainer John Sadler has for two divisions of Wednesday's Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar.

Trainer John Sadler will know by sundown Wednesday whether his red-hot streak has extended through opening day at Del Mar.

From July 1 through Sunday, Sadler won with 11 of 21 starters, including a sweep of the three graded stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park Saturday – the Grade 1 American Oaks with Lady of Shamrock, the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap with Switch, and the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship with Scherer Magic.

“It was a good finish to the meet,” Sadler said.

Wednesday at Del Mar, Sadler has four runners in the two divisions of the Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds on turf – Koast and You Know I Know in the sixth race and Holy Candy and Stoney Fleece in the ninth race. Sadler expects to have a strong meeting at Del Mar, which runs through Sept. 5.

In the day’s fifth race, a maiden special weight race for California-breds, Sadler runs the first-time starter Life a Riley.

“I think we have a fine bunch of 2-year-olds,” he said.

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Switch, 5, earned a fees-paid berth into the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 with her win in the A Gleam. She was second in the BC Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs in both 2010 and 2011.

Sadler said that Switch is likely to start in the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap over 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 19, even though the distance is not ideal.

“The 6 1/2 [furlongs] might be a little short for her,” he said.

Lady of Shamrock is a candidate for the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks on turf Aug. 18. Sadler and owner Kosta Hronis are considering the BC Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 for Lady of Shamrock, who has won four turf stakes since Christmas.

“We’re excited about her,” Sadler said. “Distance is not a problem.”

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith rode Lady of Shamrock in the $350,000 American Oaks. He was left with the impression that the filly can show further improvement, suggesting a Breeders’ Cup start may be worth pursuing.

“It could be time to think outside the box with her,” Smith said.

RICKY More than 1 year ago
isnt funny how most major races this year are won by west coast horses....even for place and show...hmmmmm the tide is shifting..its all about westcoast.
John Boudreau More than 1 year ago
How about that OPENER at Old Del Mar??? A 20 MAIDEN Clm. for F/M ??? Comon MAN!!
Gee More than 1 year ago
thats as week as it gets, havent even looked. Its basically all about the Spa.this summer.
Jack More than 1 year ago
Right on John,but that's what we get when MORONS run the place.Del Mar is just lucky that 5 Million homes have beed built around them in the last 40 years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Historically the first race at Del Mar is not a "strong" race. their goal to to start the card off with a full field that starts right in front of the grandstand. The last couple of years the opener at Saratoga has been a NY-bred allowance race on the turf. I'm sure you will find plenty of people who don't want to see NY-breds on the turf, which has become the signature event in NY these days.