“Switch finally made her way back into the winner’s circle on Saturday when running down six rivals in the Grade 2, $200,000 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park. The John Sadler pupil hadn’t scored since taking the Grade 1 Santa Monica in January 2011, but pulled out a 1 3/4-length victory Saturday to stop the clock for seven Cushion Track furlongs in 1:24 1/5.
Despite the long dry spell, Switch was sent off the 2-1 favorite under jockey Garrett Gomez, who immediately let his mount settle in last after being crowded at the start. Izzy Rules led the way through splits of :22 1/5 and :45 while closing tracked by American Lady and Sugarinthemorning on the backstretch.
Sugarinthemorning stuck her head in front through three-quarters in 1:10 2/5 as those three and Teddy’s Promise lined up across the track rounding the turn. Meanwhile, Switch was just beginning her run and swung four wide into the lane, getting into stride late and powering down the center of the track to get the win.
“It kind of set up for her today. Things kind of worked out, but she was traveling very well,” Gomez said. “I had some difficulty on the turn with her, a little miscommunication, but once I got her lined up turning for home, she did what she was supposed to do and her class just showed. She showed she is a nice mare.
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