01/25/2011 11:15AM

Switch marquee name in Santa Monica

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Switch goes into the Santa Monica off a victory in the Grade 1 La Brea.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Sunday’s $250,000 Santa Monica Stakes for female sprinters has a likely field of seven – Gilded Gem, Mother Ruth, Pica Slew, Pinkarella, Quisisana, Sweet August Moon, and Switch.

Two fillies and mares ran out of time to make the Grade 1 race over seven furlongs.

Trainer John Sadler said that Mona de Momma, the winner of the Grade 1 Humana Distaff Stakes at Churchill Downs in her last start on May 1, will not be ready.

“She’s one work short,” Sadler said.

Tanda, the winner of two Grade 3 stakes last spring, has been sidelined by a recurring foot bruise, trainer Dan Hendricks said.

“The foot flared up again,” Hendricks said. “It’s a deep bruise that’s needs to be worked out.”

Switch, trained by Sadler, will be favored. Owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s CRK Stable, Switch won the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by four lengths on Dec. 26. In the fall, she was second to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta in the Lady’s Secret Stakes at Hollywood Park and second to Dubai Majesty in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs.

Daytona on comeback trail

Daytona, who hasn’t raced since 2008, is being prepared for an attempt at a comeback.

A winner of six stakes from October 2007 through May 2008, Daytona worked three furlongs in 37.80 seconds on Saturday, having recently recovered from a stall injury. The workout was his first since May 2009.

“He had time off for a slight strain of a tendon,” Hendricks said. “We got it before it tore. Then, he banged himself in his stall when he was coming back.”

Daytona has not started since finishing 10th in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita. A 7-year-old gelding, Daytona has won 8 of 18 and $991,690.

“It’s frustrating, but he’s worth the wait,” Hendricks said.

◗ Jockey Joe Talamo was fined $500 last week for failing to ride a mount to the finish, according to ruling released by track stewards. Talamo was cited for his ride on Los Bamberos in the fifth race on Jan. 17. Los Bamberos, the 2-1 second choice in a maiden special weight race, finished fifth in a field of seven over 5 1/2 furlongs. Los Bamberos was second at the eighth pole and finished 6 1/2 lengths behind race winner Warren’s Knockout and a neck behind fourth-place finisher Aldadino. There was superfecta betting on the race.