SANTA MONICA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES

JOEL ROSARIO, SWITCH, WINNER: “I didn’t think it would set up that easy. She’s a nice horse and she’s improving more and more everyday. John (Sadler) told me to stay close to the pace, and those were the only instructions he gave me. She’s just a really nice horse.”

TRAINER QUOTES

JOHN SADLER, SWITCH, WINNER: “These are the hardest ones to win, when you’re the heavy favorite. I thought we’d have a chance to be leader of the division this year, with Zenyatta retiring. I think Switch is very, very good, as good as anything out there, and I want to thank David Ingordo for picking her out as a yearling. We’re going to look at the Santa Margarita (Stakes, Grade I, $300,000, 1 1/8 miles on March 12) and the Apple Blossom (Grade I, $500,000, 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park April 15), a couple of those type of races. She’ll have six, seven races this year. She’s kind of a late-developing filly. We kind of thought early on last year that she would improve with age and she’s showing that right now. She’s got a big frame on her and a big stride and she tries every time, so we’re going to see what’s out there for her and take it one step at a time.

“She got the best draw. You want to be on the outside going seven-eighths. It gives you a long time down the backside to get position. The way the track’s been playing a little bit, we said don’t let anybody steal it. Keep a close eye on ‘em. He was a little closer than maybe I thought he might be, but speed’s been kind of holding so I didn’t want anybody to get away with a cheap lead. When you think you have the best horse, you want him up close and clear and he did that exactly right.”

NOTES: The winning owner is Susan Searing of Rancho Cucamonga, who races as C R K Stable.

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