09/03/2010 11:34AM

Switch looks strong in Torrey Pines


DEL MAR, Calif. – All week long, all trainers wanted to know about the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes on Sunday at Del Mar was whether Switch was going to run. She is. And she’ll be heavily favored in the one-mile race for 3-year-old fillies. But nine others entered the race, so while the Torrey Pines won’t exactly be a lay-up for Switch, it should be an easy bank shot.

Switch is the most accomplished filly in the field, her biggest win coming in the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks, in which she defeated Blind Luck. In her only start since then, she was a close fifth in the San Clemente Handicap here July 25 when trying the turf for the first time.

Her trainer, John Sadler, is returning Switch to the main track for the Torrey Pines, and she has trained well here, including a pair of recent workouts that were the best of the day at the distance.

“When we decided not to run her back on turf in the Del Mar Oaks, this just kind of fell into line,” Sadler said. “We prefer to keep her at home. She shipped once, and she didn’t handle it. She’s a nervous type of filly. This looks like a good spot.”

Indeed, there really isn’t a clear-cut second choice. La Nez, winner of the Fleet Treat Stakes on July 31, has excellent form on the main track here, and her trainer, Eric Kruljac, is on fire this meet.

The unbeaten Malibu Pier steps into a stakes race after wins against maidens and a first-level allowance field.

Ellafitz, idle since March, runs well fresh and has worked fast in recent weeks.

Adoration: Silver Swallow back quick

It’s not often that trainer Bruce Headley wheels a horse back in two weeks, but he and his daughter, Karen, were so impressed with the way Silver Swallow ran in the Grade 3 Rancho Bernando Handicap on Aug. 22, as well as how she bounced out of the race, that they are bringing her right back for the $75,000 Adoration Stakes for older fillies and mares Sunday.

The Adoration, at one mile, is the sixth race on the card, two races prior to the Torrey Pines.

Silver Swallow broke awkwardly in the seven-furlong Rancho Bernardo, then found herself behind a slow pace. Her third-place finish was deceptively good.

“No one was coming off the pace that day,” said Karen Headley, the top assistant to her father. “She’s so versatile. She can go six furlongs or a mile and an eighth. She’ll do whatever you want.

“It’s quick back. But the field is light,” Headley said, referring to a field of seven.

The six rivals to Silver Swallow include Burg Berg, who has finished second in four straight races, all on grass, most recently in the Osunitas Handicap on July 24.

Miss Pleasant has won three straight races against softer company.

Moon de French stretches out after two sprint preps. She won her only time around two turns.

Briecat is making her first start since January. She won her only start on this course in last year’s Adoration.