John Sadler, who guided Switch through a career that saw her earn
$1.4 million, was proud as a peacock when the Quiet American mare was
sold Monday at the Fasig-Tipson select mixed sale for $4.3 million.
“That’s a really big number and we were completely thrilled,” said
the veteran trainer. “We’re excited to know that she’s going to
Moyglare, which is the best stud farm in Ireland. We knew she was going
to bring a lot of money because she has a very international pedigree.”
“It’s kind of the process, and you feel like you’ve done a good job and
you’ve left her in good shape to go on to the next stage of her career
being a broodmare.”
Sadler trained Switch for each of her 24 starts after the bay was
purchased at the 2008 Keeneland Yearling Sale for $150,000 by Lee and
Susan Searing’s C R K Stables. She finished third in her final
appearance, the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, after checking
in second in that race the previous two years. Earlier in her career,
she won a pair of Grade 1’s – the Santa Monica and La Brea Stakes.
Looking forward, Sadler expects a strong showing this meeting.
“We’re going to see Kettle Corn in the (Grade 3, $250,000) Native Diver
Stakes (Dec. 1),’’ he said. Kettle Corn won his prep for the Native
Diver, taking Thursday’s third on turf as the even-money favorite.
“We also have some new European 2-year-olds,’’ said Sadler. “Rising
Legend, who was on the also eligible list in the Breeders’ Cup, will
probably go in the (Grade 2, $100,000) Generous Stakes (Nov. 24) and
Pussycat Lips will probably start in the (Grade 3, $100,000) Miesque
Stakes (Nov. 24).”
Sadler also expressed interest in running Monument in the $200,000
King Glorious Stakes at 7 furlongs on Dec. 16, closing day of the Autumn