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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Switch Faces Six in Santa Margarita

Switch, winner of back-to-back grade one sprints at Santa Anita Park, tries to stretch her speed to nine furlongs in Saturday's Santa Margarita Invitational (G1) at the Great Race Place.

The John Sadler trainee flashed talent as a 3-year-old last year with a win in the Hollywood Oaks (G2) and a fine place finish behind Zenyatta in the Lady's Secret (G1). She seemed to elevate her game after finish 2nd to Big Z.

After the Lady's Secret she landed the place in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) and easily scored in the La Brea (G1) and Santa Monica (G1), all at seven panels. Joel Rosario rides her well and she projects a nice tactical trip but this is not a walkover.

Always a Princess is fast and razor sharp. The Bob Baffert runner dusted Blind Luck in the El Encino (G2) and La Canada (G2) and chased that rival out of town. She might get brave if able to sneak away early under Martin Garcia.

Synthetic specialist St Trinians appeared a tad shot when missing by a bit less than a length as the beaten favorite in her Feb 12 Santa Maria (G2) return. She has a feel for the local dirt oval and should offer more value this time around.

Vision In Gold controlled the pace in the Santa Maria but she will not have that luxury with Always a Princess signed on. The Ron Ellis trainee is versatile and on the upswing in her toughest test to date. Rafael Bejarano hops aboard.

Party With Brando, Miss Match, and Hemera complete the seven horse field. The $300,000 Santa Margarita goes as the 6th race on March 12 and Zenyatta began her 2010 Horse of the Year campaign with a win in this event last year.      

 

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