The favorite, Switch, cruised home to win the first graded stakes on Santa Anita's new dirt surface.
Under Joel Rosario, Switch stalked the pace, took over the lead and won by four lengths in the Grade 1, $250,000 La Brea at Santa Anita Park Sunday. The winning time for seven furlongs was 1:20.33.
Switch is owned by C.R.K Stable and was bred in Kentucky by Calumet Farm. Trained by John Sadler, Switch is a three-year-old daughter of Quiet American out of the Nicholas mare, Antoniette.
Longshot Tornado Betty gunned to the lead and gained a two-length advantage down the backstretch through fractions of 22.00 and 43.81. Switch sat third, and rounding the far turn, she took over the lead and opened up on the field. Malibu Pier chased the leader home to claim second. Shotgun Gulch finished third.
The La Brea was Switch's second graded stakes victory of the year. She was coming off a second place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Before that, she finished second to Zenyatta in the Lady's Secret Stakes at Hollywood Park.
The win was the second consecutive La Brea for Rosario and Sadler, who teamed up last year with Evita Argentina.
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