Odds-on favorite Switch looked like a winner in mid-stretch, but 45-1 Miss Match came storming late to pull off a major upset in the Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Stakes at Santa Anita Saturday.
The race was marred by the apparent breakdown of Always A Princess in the stretch. But the filly did walk back to the barn under her own power, and the early word from trainer Bob Baffert barn positive.
Miss Match is owned by Cloros Bloodstock and was bred in Argentina. Trained by Neil Drysdale, she's a six-year-old daughter of Indygo Shiner out of the Southern Halo mare, Miss Simpatia.
Under Joel Rosario, Switch stalked pacesetter Always A Princess until the top of the lane, when Switch came rolling to the front. She looked to be pulling away, but several runners made a late bid, led by Miss Match, who got up at the wire under Garrett Gomez. Vision In Gold finished third.
Switch was trying for her third straight Grade 1 victory at Santa Anita for trainer John Sadler. She is now six for 13 lifetime. Miss Match was making her second start of the year after taking an allowance race at Golden Gate Fields January 23.
After the race trainer Bob Baffert explained what happened to Always A Princess.
“It's her (left front) ankle, but she'll be all right. She ran so hard, I think she was just exhausted and went to lay down, you know. She took care of herself. It (ankle) didn't go down. It probably has a little crack in it. It's probably condylar or something like that. I feel a lot better about it.”
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