10/04/2010 3:52PM

Switch will stick to Plan A


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – A half-length loss to Zenyatta in Saturday’s $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes has not changed trainer John Sadler’s autumn plans for Switch.

Even though the 3-year-old filly would appear to be a suitable contender for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic over 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs on Nov.  5 following her determined performance against Zenyatta, Sadler said she is better suited to the $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint over seven furlongs on the same day.

“We are looking at the seven-eighths,” Sadler said.

Sadler said Switch’s condition will be closely monitored this week to see what toll the loss in the Lady’s Secret had on a filly who won the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks in June and the Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar.

“It’s a concern because Zenyatta is tough on the competition,” Sadler said. “You’ve got to look at the horses and see how they are after engaging in a battle. To run second to the best horse in the world, we’re thrilled.”

Zenyatta stretched her unbeaten streak to 19 races in the Lady’s Secret, and will make her next start in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 6.

Sadler had mixed results with other leading Breeders’ Cup hopefuls at Hollywood Park over the weekend. In Saturday’s $250,000 Goodwood Stakes, Twirling Candy failed to settle in his first start against older horses and finished fourth as the 7-10 favorite, 3 1/2 lengths behind race winner Richard’s Kid. Sunday, Tell a Kelly, the 1-2 favorite, was outfinished by the 32-1 longshot Rigoletta in the $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes, finishing second by a half-length.

Both Twirling Candy and Tell a Kelly may go to Breeders’ Cup races.

Sadler said that Twirling Candy emerged from his race “uncomfortable” and “kind of crampy” and would be evaluated this week. “We’ll run some tests,” he said. “We’ll see how he looks in the next couple of days.”

The BC Dirt Mile and Classic are possibilities.

Rigoletta, owned by Thor-Bred Stable, won her first stakes in the Oak Leaf, having finished third behind Tell a Kelly in the Grade  1 Darley Debutante at Del Mar on Sept. 4. “My vote is we run,” trainer Dan Hendricks said of Rigoletta’s participation in the BC Juvenile Fillies. “We’re going for the championship.”

Rigoletta and Tell a Kelly must be supplemented to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 5, and Hendricks and Sadler indicated that would take place after Sunday’s race.

Tell a Kelly could have confirmed her status at the top of California’s 2-year-old filly division with a win in the Oak Leaf Stakes, which was run in 1:44.03.

“It’s a little disappointing because it was a slow race and we’re 1-2,” Sadler said. “We’ll go on to the next one.”

More BC Preps ahead

Sadler will have runners in Saturday’s two Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup preps each worth $250,000 – the Ancient Title for sprinters and the Oak Tree Mile on turf.

Cost of Freedom, the winner of the 2008 Ancient Title and fourth in the 2009 running, will start in the six-furlong race against Canonize, defending champion Dancing in Silks, E Z’s Gentlemen, Gato Go Win, and Supreme Summit.

Cost of Freedom won the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap here in June for Sadler and owners Gary and Cecil Barber.

Sidney’s Candy, the electrifying winner of the Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar in August for owner Jenny Craig, makes his first start against older horses in Saturday’s Oak Tree Mile. He breezed six furlongs in 1:13.40 on Sunday, and is a candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 6.
In the Oak Tree Mile, Sidney’s Candy is expected to face Aggie Engineer, Colgan’s Chip, Liberian Freighter, Meteore and possibly Victor’s Cry, who worked five furlongs in 1:01 on Monday. Trainer Eoin Harty said on Monday that he has yet to finalize a plan for Victor’s Cry, who finished ninth in the Woodbine Mile in Toronto on Sept. 19.

“He worked really well,” he said. “I’m concerned that I’m coming back too soon.”

Trainer Craig Dollase said Tropic Storm, the winner of the Windy Sands Handicap at Del Mar on Sept.  4, could start in the Oak Tree Mile or next Monday’s Morvich Handicap over six furlongs on turf. Tropic Storm worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds on Monday.

Norfolk 1-2 headed to Juvenile

Jaycito and J P’s Gusto, the first two finishers of Saturday’s Norfolk Stakes, are bound for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 6.
Jaycito closed from fourth to finish a length in front of J P’s Gusto, the even-money favorite who had four sprint stakes during the spring and summer. The result was a reversal of the first two placings of the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 8.

* Saturday’s ontrack crowd of 25,837, most of them partisan supporters of Zenyatta, was the largest ontrack crowd at Hollywood Park since 26,253 attended the Hollywood Gold Cup program on July 1, 2001, the track announced.