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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• SADLER TO TURN ON SWITCH AFTER SUNDAY’S GRADE I SANTA MONICA
• AGGIE ENGINEER WORKS FOR SAN ANTONIO STAKES
• BLIND LUCK WORKS FOR LA CAŇADA ON FEB. 13
SWITCH TO STRETCH OUT AFTER SANTA MONICA
Switch, impressive winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs on opening day, is likely to try two turns if she fares well in Sunday’s Grade I Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs, trainer John Sadler said.
“It just made sense for us to stick with this distance,” Sadler said in explaining why he opted for the Santa Monica. “We’ll stretch her out after this race, maybe in the Santa Margarita or the Apple Blossom.” The Grade I, $300,000 Santa Margarita Stakes at 1 1/8 miles is March 12. The Grade I, $500,000 Apple Blossom at 1 1/16 miles is at Oaklawn Park April 15.
Switch, a 4-year-old bay daughter of Quiet American owned by Susan Searing of Rancho Cucamonga, who races as the C R K Stable, has a 4-3-2 record from 11 starts, with earnings of $632,600.
Sadler said that Malibu winner Twirling Candy is scheduled to work Sunday for the Grade II Strub Stakes next Saturday.
AGGIE ENGINEER DRILLS FOR SAN ANTONIO STAKES
Streaking Aggie Engineer, winner of three straight races including the San Pasqual Stakes last out and a prime contender for the Santa Anita Handicap on March 5, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday in 1:15.60.
“He worked good,” trainer Paddy Gallagher said. “He finished up good.
“He’s been acting good since he ran (in the San Pasqual on Jan. 8),” trainer Gallagher continued. “He’s not the kind of horse who has to be on the lead (to win). There was quite a bit of speed in the San Pasqual, and he sat off it and ran good.”
Aggie Engineer, a 6-year-old E Dubai gelding owned by Roberta and Ward Williford of Dallas, once again will be ridden by Joe Talamo in the San Antonio.
Other probables for the San Antonio include Big Shot Syd, Alonso Quinonez; Gladding, Rafael Bejarano; and Pode Ir, David Flores.
FINISH LINES: Champion 3-year-old filly Blind Luck worked five furlongs under Rafael Bejarano on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday in 1:00 and likely will make her next start in the Grade II La Caňada Stakes Feb. 13, Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, said. “I was very happy with the way she got over the track,” Ward said. “She looked super.” . . . Blind Luck’s drill was one of 79 at the distance, with the average time being 1:01.05. There were 20 works at three furlongs, average time :36.93; 50 at four furlongs, average time :48.96; 79 at five furlongs averaging 1:01.05; and 24 at six furlongs averaging 1:14 flat . . . Food truck pre-sales for the first-ever Gourmet Food Truck Festival in Santa Anita’s infield today proved immensely popular. They eclipsed 5,500 tickets as of early Saturday morning . . . Racing rarity: Santa Anita’s leading rider Bejarano won Friday’s third and fourth races at generous payoffs of $17.20 and $19, respectively. Bejarano won four races Friday, giving him 38 for the meet and moving him 12 in front of runner-up Joel Rosario . . . Through Jan. 26, five of the top 10 jockeys and trainers in national purse earnings are based or have divisions at Santa Anita. They are Bejarano (first with $969,100); Rosario (second, $886,256); Garrett Gomez (fourth, $650,472); Joe Talamo (seventh, $562,931); and Patrick Valenzuela (ninth, $554,860), and trainers Bob Baffert (first, $839,944); Steve Asmussen (third, $640,708); Jerry Hollendorfer (fifth, $492,849); Doug O’Neill (sixth, $415,203); and Barry Abrams (10th, $262,880).